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Team Tanzania 2014 Prepares for Trip
The Phil Simon Clinic Tanzania Project (PSCTP) is pleased to announce that, once again, an amazingly talented and generous group of volunteers will be traveling to Northern Tanzania to continue our global outreach project. Learn more

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Mary Mitchell, Page Operator at Huntington Hospital Knits for Africa – february 2011 Read about it in our Project Tanzania Field Journal »


Team Tanzania 2011 Prepares for March Trip to Arusha – January 2011 Read about it in our Project Tanzania Field Journal »


PROJECT TANZANIA – January 28, 2009 Read about The Phil Simon Clinic and Creative Planet School of the Arts' joint upcoming trip to Tanzania in BCD Focus »


project tanzania – october, 2009


October 2009 was a busy month for The Phil Simon Clinic Tanzania Project. In conjunction with Huntington Hospital, the Project sponsored the scholarly visits of Drs. Juvenatus Palapala and Ezekiel Moirana.

Dr. Palapala is a wonderful physician with whom the Project has been working for several years. He supervises the HIV clinic at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Arusha, Tanzania where over 3000 needy patients are provided care and treatment for AIDS. Dr. Palapala has been a cordial and welcoming host for PSCTP team members over the years. He has guided many of us through clinic, ward rounds and has been an eager participant at PSCTP sponsored symposia in Tanzania. He traveled to Pasadena in October to spend 2 weeks with our physicians, nurses, social workers and sponsors. During that time, he participated in teaching rounds, morning report, bedside rounds, office and clinic care, academic lectures and administrative meetings. Dr. Palapala gave a well thought out and insightful lecture on HIV care in Africa to the internal medicine housestaff. He also had the opportunity to express his thanks to our many sponsors at the October fundraiser. Along with Ezekiel Moirana, he spent a blustery Sunday visiting popular sites in Los Angeles and became a fan of Mexican cuisine.

Dr. Ezekiel Moirana is completing his fifth and final year of medical school in Dar es Salaam. His education has been sponsored by The Phil Simon Clinic Tanzania Project, Martha White and her family and John and Tracy Lowenthal. He has continued his exceptional work at University and in assisting PSCTP with their projects in Arusha, Tanzania. As part of his ongoing education, he spent the month of October with PSCTP team members, physicians, nurses, social workers as well as the children and teachers from Creative Planet School of Arts. His activities included morning report, ward and clinic rounds, home visits with hospice social workers, hospice support group participation, surgical rounds and observations in the operating room as well as meeting the Huntington Hospital Board of Directors and administrators. Dr. Moirana gave a fascinating lecture to the internal medicine and surgical house staff on Maasai culture. He also visited his many sponsors and new friends that he has met through The Phil Simon Clinic Tanzania Project.

October was also the month of one of PSCTP’s most successful fundraisers. Held at the exquisite home of Michael Slocum and Jeffrey Dvorak, the fundraiser included a mesmerizing performance by the children of Creative Planet School of Arts and speeches from Drs. Palapala, Moirana and Shriner. Beautiful and original African inspired art was donated by The South Pasadena Senior Center Art Class. The well attended event was co sponsored by a generous donation from John and Diane Mullin. Donations raised at the fundraiser have helped immensely in PSCTP projects in Arusha, Tanzania. In all, the event was a huge success and reaffirmed the commitment and dedication of so many talented and generous people involved with The Phil Simon Clinic Tanzania Project.


project tanzania – January 10, 2009

  Baldwin Park Kim Shriner Day Creative Planet Malaika Show

Saturday, January 10th is officially Dr. Kim Shriner Day in the city of Baldwin Park! Dr. Shriner was presented with an official proclamation by BP City Clerk Susan Rubio and Blanca Rubio, BP School Board President. The presentation was made just before the start of Creative Planet School of the Arts performance of "Malaika-a safari of hope" at the Baldwin Park Performing Arts Center.

Six students from CPSOA are excitedly preparing to join the team of doctors, nurses, social workers, and other medical and support volunteers from the Phil Simon Clinic on the upcoming humanitarian trip to Tanzania. While there, the students will assist in AIDS clinics, do home visits distributing toys & mosquito netting, meet with AIDS orphans at their schools and help them set up an after-school Arts program modeled after CPSOA's own Arts program. The culmination of their trip will be the performance of a collaborative piece of social theater created between the US students and the Tanzanian children. This performance will be held for local dignitaries, doctors and staff.

Read about it in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune »

Photos: (Left) Baldwin Park City Clerk Susan Rubio (L) presents the proclamation to Dr. Kimberly Shriner (R); (Right) Creative Planet School of the Arts Students perform their production of Malaika at the Baldwin Park Performing Arts Center


project tanzania – November 2008 Preparations for The Phil Simon Clinic Tanzania Projects’ 6th trip to Arusha, Tanzania continue. This year’s team at 35 people is the largest yet with a diverse and talented collection of volunteers. The team consists of nine physicians (including 2 surgeons, a cardiologist, a gastroenterologist and anesthesiologist), seven nurses, four social workers, two laboratory personnel, one epidemiologist, one carpenter, one film maker, one administrator, three teachers and six CPSOA students.

Our Tanzanian colleagues are preparing the various venues of work for the volunteers including two hospitals, three outpatient clinics, an orphanage and a rural clinic. Activities will include HIV and general medical care, surgical specialties such as plastic, facial, burn and cleft palate repair, orthopedic surgeries, teaching symposia, laboratory tutorials, research, home based care projects and support groups and what promises to be a spectacular global friendship performance by the children of CPSOA and the children of a local Tanzanian orphanage.

The team has been meeting monthly, reviewing HIV and medical issues in sub Saharan Africa, preparing activities and projects and immersing themselves in Tanzanian culture and language. You can follow the trip and see images from past experiences in The Phil Simon Clinic Tanzania Project field journal and gallery of images.

Photo: Dr. Solomon Ole Logilunore, Arusha Municipality Medical Officer In-Charge and Founder of the Upone Charitable Medical Centre


PROJECT TANZANIA – NOVEMBER 2008 Read about the Team Tanzania upcoming trip to Arusha, Tanzania in the Arusha Times »


project tanzania – OCTOBER 2008 The Phil Simon Clinic and Huntington Hospital hosted a preview performance of “Safari of Hope” by the children of Creative Planet School of Arts (CPSOA) in the Braun Auditorium. The performance included traditional and contemporary Tanzanian music, dance and song as well as a narrative by the children of the devastation of HIV/AIDS in Africa. The performance showed the passion and compassion of all the children involved in The Phil Simon Clinic Tanzania Project and CPSOA and was enthusiastically received. The premier performance of “Safari of Hope” will take place January 10 at the Baldwin Park Performing Arts Center. Tickets may be obtained by contacting Creative Planet at (626) 856-1710.


project tanzania – September 21, 2008 Team members from The Phil Simon Clinic Tanzania Project volunteered for the second year at the annual Roots and Shoots Peace Day Celebration for the Jane Goodall Institute. In 2007, the team set up the first aid station and an arts and crafts table for the many participants of Peace Day 2007. The team was privileged to visit with Dr. Goodall herself who, of course, has a special attachment to Tanzania (especially Gombe Stream Reserve). The 2008 celebration was hosted by Pierce Brosnan and once again, Team Tanzania members hosted the first aid station (a couple of bee stings and a lacerated finger rounded out the day.)