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September 2021 Update from IHP

Dr. Kitundu writing:

Eight years ago (2013) International Health Partners-JEMA TZ was formed by joining two nonprofit Non-Governmental Organizations (IHP and JEMA CC). The main goal was to supervise the project of building the Children’s Hospital at Zinga, Bagamoyo District, in Tanzania.

During these eight years of existence the project has gone well, though there are some challenges here and there. As the co-founders of the organizations, we strongly stand together to continue with this noble work of building the one stand-alone children’s hospital in Tanzania. We believe, one day OUR DREAM will come true looking at what we have achieved so far.

We are committed to offering the best care possible to all children. At this time, the 1st stage of the project, the Outpatient Department is delivering services from general to sub-specialties, the diagnostic and imaging which are well-equipped, and the machine is well-maintained, repaired and serviced regularly. The internal and external quality controls for the lab results are in place to assure to have good results. In the community, outreach programs and medical camps are conducted. This has attracted specialists to join us as consultants (OB/Gyn, Dentist, Physician, pediatrician, and the ophthalmologist).

Furthermore, the MOH (Ministry of Health) has congratulated us for bringing such services to the community and we are invited to attend the National Conference of NHIF (National Health Insurance Fund) at Dodoma because of the good services we provide.

Dear Friends of Children and Mothers of Tanzania, looking back and reflecting from where and when we started, our project is something to admire. We thank you for your generosity.

Asante Sana, (Thank you very much)

Jesse A. Kitundu, MD,


Paula and Denny writing:

You have come through generously to start meeting the $25,000 challenge grant to finish the Maternal and Child Health Center with a $6,100 start. Thank you!!

Meeting people, doing mission medicine in Guatemala and Tanzania, spending a year in Antarctica, and traveling around the world have given us experiences that have shown us God’s beautiful creation and the beautiful humans He created to populate it. It has been such a privilege to have lived the lives we have so far.

Now, we have become “armchair travelers” like so many other people, bound to home by Covid-19. But your response to the needs of the people served in Zinga has been heartwarming, so say the least. Thank you.

We don’t know when we’ll return to Tanzania, but our almost daily communication with the folks there keeps us involved and holding fast to the original intent of building the finest pediatric hospital in East Africa. Thanks to YOU.

The money for the Bobcat repair and the blue truck repair has been sent. Building can continue. When the challenge grant is met the work on the MCH can continue to complete the building. When Covid is no longer a threat, teams will return to Zinga and all will be well.

To continue the building, to serve, to watch lives be saved, please send what you can to:

IHP – Matt West, Treasurer

8016 N Everton Ave

Kansas City, MO 64152

Or, go to our website, and click on Donate

Or, call Matt at 816-985-4406 and he will put your gift on your credit card.

Blessings and gratitude,

Paula and Denny

Selemani Shabani writing:

Dear friends,

It is my honor to share with you a little bit of what is happening here at Zinga, Bagamoyo as far as construction.

Since we don't have enough funds, we are not doing much construction.

Our blue truck and bobcat are broken. We use them a lot for construction.

We use the blue truck for carrying cement blocks, mixing sand, cement bags, etc.

Also, we use the Bobcat for leveling, filling the road, etc.

We have 115 cement bags left in our storage unit. If the blue truck and the bobcat are working properly, we can make more cement blocks or we can start rebuilding round house 7 that was destroyed by fire. We have cement bags.

Right now, we are clearing grass and the bushes 10 feet away from the buildings and fences surrounding the entire property. This is according to the fire rescue people. It helps to stop the fire. Our neighbor started a grass fire that was burning towards our property and because we had mowed a ten-foot area inside our fence, the fire ran out. Of fuel and saved the threatened buildings.

On behalf of IHP I am still asking for your help and support for this facility.

Your dollar will make a big difference out here.

Your time can make a lot of changes out here.

The stuff you donate will make lots of changes.

Your material donations have made lots and lots of differences.






Thank you very much for being with us during all those happy and sad times. Together we have contributed a lot to this community.


Dr Kenny writing:

Dear IHP donors,

Hello IHP donors and family,

We surely hope you are doing well and well.

We are healthy and serving the community due to your support.

We attended a 3-year-old boy, Humam, who suffered from throat pain and fever. He was found to have enlarged tonsils. Malaria screening was negative.

Humam was given Augmentin for 7 days and Tylenol so he (and his mum) could sleep at night. We humbly thank you for your support. Dr. Kenny George


Paula Lofstrom Managing Director International Health Partners, US & Tz Pray, believing Act on your faith and go forward. God is always with you. Love is always the answer.

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