November 2012 Plastic Surgery
Dr. Bill Brown examines a child with a cleft lip. Dr. Brown and his surgical team from Denver, Colorado operated on 67 children and adults with congenital deformities, burn scars and other problems during a week at Arusha Lutheran Medical Center and Selian Lutheran Hospital.
August 2012 Assistant Medical Officer Graduation
The first class of Assistant Medical Officers
graduated from the new 2-year training program at Arusha Lutheran Medical Center this month. Read more about this event, click here.
June 2012 Operation Walk
26. November 2011 LAPAROSCOPIC SURGERY WORKSHOP
ALMC has just held the first ever, Laparoscopic Surgery Workshop for Tanzania! Surgeons and surgical teams from throughout the country were invited for a weeklong seminar introducing them to this surgical technique. ALMC has years of experience in this technique, and the course director, Dr. Paul Kisanga, is a recent graduate of the World Minimal Access Surgery course in India.
The turn out was excellent with over thirty surgeons, anaesthetists, and surgical nurses in attendance. Co-taught by ALMC and Exempla Health Care of Denver, Colorado, USA, the course was an introduction to laparoscopic surgery, including lectures, equipment demonstrations, practical experience with the training simulators, and observation and assisting in live surgery.
The participants unanimously requested that this become an annual event and many institutions requested rotations for their surgeons and residents in laparoscopic surgery at ALMC. The workshop was widely covered in the local papers and TV News and thus brought many accolades to ALMC.
19. October 2011 Assistant Medical Officer Training at ALMC
The Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre, which is directed by ELCA Missionary, Dr. Mark Jacobson, has just graduated its first class of Assistant Medical Officers (AMO).
In training AMO Students, ALMC is addressing some of the huge need for health professionals in Tanzania. Tanzania with a population of 44 Million has fewer than 2,000 medical doctors to serve the entire population. A major brain drain coupled with doctor preferences to live in the cities means a critical shortage of medical providers in the rural parts of the country.
In response to this horrific shortage of doctors, ALMC is training a cadre of “assistant doctors.” These are students who have previously trained as Clinical Officers or Physicians Assistants and come back for a two year course to upgrade to be an Assistant Medical Officer. In the AMO course their clinical skills are refreshed and they are introduced to basic surgery. The goal of the course is to increase the number of trained medical providers for the rural communities of Tanzania.
The ALMC AMO School is the first faith based sponsored AMO training in the country. The first class of twenty was matriculated in the September of 2009 of which fifteen completed the course and successfully passed their examinations.
While fifteen proud graduates sounds like it will make little difference in the overall needs of the country, the impact of these fifteen on their home hospitals will be huge indeed. Fifteen new doctors going to fifteen different hospitals from the most remote areas of the country.
Consider Dr. Wallace Sahani who was winner of the “Best Student” award. Upon graduation, he immediately left for the fourteen hour drive to the western side of Lake Victoria where he resumed duties in a 150 bed hospital which had only one other AMO working there. Over night the medical professionals are doubled, the quality of care improved, and the people filled with hope
18. October 2011 ALMC TRAINING DOCTORS IN BEDSIDE ULTRASOUND
Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre is situated to become the major training site for new technology available for bedside ultrasound examinations. Twenty-four doctors from Selian and ALMC underwent a special course in bedside ultrasonography in mid September.
The course was conducted by a team of ultrasound experts from two medical universities in South Carolina in the United States. The training team is part of a worldwide movement to increase the availability of better diagnosis at the bedside in resource poor environments.
Portable ultrasound machines now make it practical to perform exams for better diagnosis even in the most remote villages and dispensaries of the country. At ALMC, portable ultrasounds now allow the doctors to do quick assessments in emergencies and on the wards.
Prof. Mark Jacobson, the Executive Director of ALMC predicted that “the new technology in portable ultrasounds will impact rural medicine in the same way that cell phones have impacted rural communications.”
Dr. Victor Rao demonstrates the portable bedside ultrasound