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January 2016 Tanzania Project Update January 2016

2014-2015 Recap

The year has flown by but was productive and inspirational.  Team Tanzania 2014 was an amazing collection of talented and generous people.  St Eizabeth Hospital, Kisongo Clinic and Endulen Hospital were abuzz with medical and pediatric care, academic teaching, surgeries, specialty care, social services, laboratory, technical care and pharmacy and infrastructure planning.  At the end of a very fast two weeks, over 1,000 adults and children had been served in the clinics, 42 surgeries accomplished, daily veterinary visits shared, hours of collaborative work and teaching logged in and many miles of home visits.  Most importantly, many lives were changed and inspired by the compassion, grit, patience and generosity of Africans and Americans alike. Photos from the 2014 trip and testimonials can be found on this website and our Facebook page.

Fundraiser and Special Hosts

In April of 2015, our very special colleague, Lesikar Nyaalis Sabore visited the United States for the first time.  As our infrastructure supervisor for the construction of the Kisongo Clinic, he had opportunities to meet with donors, construction specialists and development planners. He was hosted by several team members, treated to a private tour of The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, rode with Engine 31 of the Pasadena Fire Department (several firefighters and paramedics have now been recruited for future Tanzania trips!) and had an opportunity to see care at The Phil Simon Clinic at Huntington Hospital as well as make his own home visits with Vitas Hospice and AIDS Project Los Angeles.  Importantly, Lesikar helped host and headline our very successful fundraiser for Kisongo Clinic at The Raymond Restaurant.  Owners, Leslie and Rob Levy generously donated their wonderful restaurant for the event where the delicious food was complimented by inspirational art from the South Pasadena Senior Art Class and Ghananian music from Skakraba Band.  The event was topped off by a special video about the project and an amazing endorsement from the world renowned planet advocate and primatologist, Dame Jane Goodall.

2016 Trip

Team Tanzania 2016 is now poised to continue this amazing journey together.  28 talented professionals have generously donated their time, energy and resources to return once again to East Africa in February 2016.  While there, we will continue our involvement at local hospitals and clinics.  Plans for Kisongo Clinic construction will begin along with home visits, clinical care, ward rounds, and hours of teaching and shared experiences.  Veterinary collaborative work will continue with two new small animal specialists.  Point of care services will be provided with ultrasound, pharmacy and other technical support. Epidemiologic, cultural and global outreach projects will continue.  All the while, lives will be saved, changed and inspired.  Follow our trip, project and adventures on our website and Facebook page. We invite you to become a donor and supporter of The Phil Simon Clinic Tanzania Project.

Team Tanzania 2016 – US

Richard Bushnell

Physician, anesthesia

Attending Team Physician

Janice Davolio

Physician, dermatology

Attending Team Physician

Linda Dobie

Nurse, Attorney

Team Nurse, Team Attorney

Kathleen Eastwood

Critical Care Nurse

Team Nurse

Michael  Eastwood

JPL Engineer

Team engineer

David  Fischel

Physician, Internal Medicine

Resident Team Physician

Tina H Gozalians

Critical Care Nurse

Team Nurse

Janet Henderson

Emergency Room Nurse

Team Nurse

Shukri Iman

Ultrasonographer

Team Ultrasonographer

Linda Jackson

Administrator

Project Administrator

Lisa  Kim

Pharmacist

Project Pharmacist

Cheryl  Kuratomi

Microbiologist

Project Laboratorian,microbiologist

Rod Kuratomi

Microbiologist

Project Laboratorian microbiologist

Walter Le

Physician, Internal Medicine

Resident Team Physician

Laura McLennan

Nurse, Attorney

Team Nurse, Team Attorney

William Mejia

Social Worker

Team Social Worker

Mary Mendelsohn

Infection Control Nurse

Team Nurse

Mark Powell

Physician, Pediatrics

Attending Team Physician

Anne Riffenburgh

Social Worker

Team Social Worker

Sara Ryan

Surgical Nurse

Team Nurse

Michelle Sakamoto

Kinesiologist

Team physical therapy, pharmacy

Kimberly Shriner

Physician, Infectious Diseases

Project Director, Attending

David Silvey

Research Scientist

Team engineer, survey manager

Lisa Strickler

Social Worker

Team Social Worker

Diane Tang

Veterinarian

Team Veterinarian

Richard Vasak

Physician, Surgery

Resident Team Physician

Andrew Williams

Physician, Internal Medicine

Resident Team Physician

Michelle Zoryan Dan

Veterinarian

Team Veterinarian

 

Team Tanzania 2016 – Tanzania

Ezekiel Moirana

Physician , Internal Medicine

Project Coordinator, Tanzania

Lesikar Naalais Sabore

Safari Guide

Infrastructure Coordinator

Pascal Sirikwa

Safari Guide

Translator

Jonathan Jeremiah

Concierge Services

Translator

Livingston Alex

Concierge Services

Translator