The MIA team was first team to use the new operating theatre suite where we operated on 11 surgical patients with a variety of serious malignant and non-malignant gynecological conditions. We also saw numerous general and gynecological patients in clinic and diagnosed/treated patients with a range of other conditions including tuberculosis, HIV, syphilis, hookworm, malaria, typhoid, heart failure, diabetes and gynecological problems including severe fibroids causing life threatening anemia. Every day the line of people waiting for our services was round the block from daybreak.
We were able to provide medical back up and training to the local team of health workers including medical and nursing students in an extremely underdeveloped part of Tanzania with very few health resources.
We also made a number of referrals to specialist services where appropriate and were able to screen patients to avoid them spending large sums of money on unnecessary investigations and treatment.
We were of course all self-funded volunteers but without the generosity of donors in providing funding for drugs and equipment and personal sponsorship, and funding for the developing infrastructure of hospital facilities in Nyakato, none of this could have happened.