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October 2023 Update from IHP

Charles Powell writing:

We had the wonderful privilege of having Selemani Shabani here in the US for an extended stay. A number of useful planning meetings occurred, and we were able to supply Sele with a new computer and an intermediary charger to prevent his computer from being zapped by a power surge in Tanzania. The intermediary unit is a lot easier to replace than the entire computer! Most importantly, we were able to visit with a valued colleague and friend! Sele is "all in" for our new project at Zuzu, near Dodoma, and itching to move ahead with construction. So am I! We hope to see great progress over the next few months. At the top of the list is being ready to provide medical services to the people of Tanzania. I am overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and generosity of all who are involved in this endeavor.

Charles Powel, M.D.

Selemani Shabani writing:

Dear IHP Friends and Donors,

We are very happy, and we feel honored to have you providing the best health care, the best education, and lots of support for the people of Tanzania through you.

Your support, your dollars, your prayers have touched the lives of thousands of Tanzanians and add their families to that number!

For example.

1. With a $15 donation we are able to pay one mason for working construction for a day.

2. For $10 we are able to hire a casual worker per day.

When we pay these people, they take the money in the community and buy some things for their families.

The guard house and construction office at Zuzu.

I am asking you to visualize how your donation to IHP is changing the lives at Zuzu.

How many people are smiling because of you? How many people have been healed because of you?

You are someone special to us through IHP.

Thank you so much for being part of IHP.

There is no IHP without you.

Together we are doing God’s work through IHP.

Thank you. God bless you.


Paula Lofstrom writing:

Denny is 95 ½ years old and as “in love with Tanzania” as ever. No development in our planning goes without his knowledge and input. However, he is slowing down, and his body is, at last, tiring out. For years he’s been dubbed “the Energizer Bunny” by those who have marveled at his energy, but even those batteries eventually give out.

Denny has now been enrolled in hospice care. We’ve made it clear he’s not required to die within a few months, but there are services available through hospice that make his care at home an easier thing to handle for me. So, we’re taking advantage of that.

Another thing we were able to take advantage of was having Sele here in the house with us for a few weeks. We watched as he worked remotely with the government entities in Tanzania to further the process of getting all registrations, building permits, approvals, etc., that are required before building a hospital. The Village of Zuzu must approve each step, and a road easement requires permission from the District and Town Planning commissions, and the Ministry of Health. Plans must be submitted and approved. The list of stamped papers needed is a long one. Very long.

Sele also helped with the remodeling of my kitchen done primarily by Seth Jenkins, a carpenter that worked with us for 3 weeks when we were at iambi Hospital 19 years ago, and he and Sele bonded then. It was fun for them to reunite and to work together again.

It is the donations you make to iHP that enable all of this planning. It is your donations that make education possible for students in the healthcare related fields that contribute to the overall fulfillment of IHP “To Improve Healthcare in Tanzania.’ Thank you.

Every donation is a ‘boost.’ We still have a $5,000 matching grant going. To double the significance of your donation, mark it for nursing education.

To continue this work, this dream, please send a check to:

IHP – Duane Quanbeck, Treasurer

2420 N. 6th Ave. E.

Newton, IA. 50208


Go to and click on Donate


Call Duane at 641-831-9170

Blessings and gratitude,

Paula and Denny

Dr. Bonaventura Mazezele writing:

Hi IHP Family,

I thank God for His glory, for keeping me and my family healthy. Also, I thank God for the passion of IHP donors to continue helping and supporting Tanzanian's health by planning and building a hospital in Zuzu- Dodoma.

The progress is good at Zuzu, and we’re hoping that by the end of 2024 we will be seeing patients for outpatient services. I'm very excited anticipating seeing patients at Zuzu

I have been working with IHP for 17 years now. IHP has enabled me to advance my education and am competent in many fields of medicine now thanks to the support of IHP’s donors. I plan to continue with IHP for all the rest of my working life. And as I age, I can supervise younger, less experience doctors and provide service with seminars, job training, and continuing education.

In April I will go to KCMC (Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center, in Moshi) to attend an Ultrasound course. Though I have been doing ultrasounds for years because of the excellent training given to me by visiting doctors, it is necessary for me to have Tanzanian qualifications. I can take advantage of this timing as the outpatient clinic at Zuzu is being built.

To keep my skills sharp, I’ve been working at a private clinic and have been seeing some interesting cases.

One case is that of a 38-year-old woman who had undergone a C-section at a government hospital. Unfortunately, the incision gapped. The patient was referred to the national hospital in Dar es Salaam, but she had no money to go there for care. She returned to the original hospital for help but they told her they couldn’t help her. She came to the small clinic where I am working. We treated the infection, and after some healing had taken place, we were able to suture the incision successfully. Thank you and bless you, Dr. Bon

Paula Lofstrom Managing Director International Health Partners, US & Tz It is in kindness to others that we find true joy. Desmond Tutu A gift to the very poor can enrich the world. Let there be peace on Earth and let it begin with me.

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