The PSCTP Takes on the Building of a Clinic

For the past 15 years, the PSCTP has been providing medical and surgical care to the underserved of Northern Tanzania.  Much of this work has been done at local hospitals and clinics.  Although this will remain a central part of the project, 2016 marked the beginning of a special project in Kisongo Village, just outside […]

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The Phil Simon Clinic Tanzania Project Achieves Nonprofit Status

As of August, 2017, The Phil Simon Clinic Tanzania Project was officially designated a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  PSCTP will maintain its collaborative relationship with Huntington Hospital for much of the funding of The Phil Simon Clinic and Tanzanian Scholarship Programs, but the new status will allow PSCTP to move forward with the building of Kisongo […]

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Veterinarians in Tanzania

As a small animal veterinarian, I was not sure what role I would play in Tanzania. In a country where the majority of the animals are either in wildlife or agriculture, my hope was that I could find some small way in which to make a difference, even if it was by helping my human […]

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Home Visit Reflection

Throughout my medical career, I’ve done several of these humanitarian missions. I have traveled to places as close as Mexico, and as far as Indonesia. I have traveled by car, jeep, airplane, navy ship, and helicopter. I have seen and helped all sorts of people from all walks of life. I thought I had seen […]

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Tanzania Trip Musings

As I sit in the lobby of our lovely “home base” Moivaro Lodge, I have some time to reflect on the past 16 days of my third Phil Simon Tanzania Project adventure. A myriad of emotions are always experienced on this trip; 2016 was no exception. Ranging from exhilaration upon entering the vast Serengeti for […]

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My Beer Was Warm…

My beer was warm… 90 degrees… Tired. Sweaty and with a layer of African dirt I headed toward the bar looking forward to a nice ice cold Killi. Elie popped off the bottle cap and I took a sip and it was warm. Not what I was hoping for or looking forward to. I thought […]

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Traveling with Angels

What can you say about 27 people who will fly 30 hours, drag several tons of supplies in and out of land rovers, embrace the warmth and generosity of fellow Tanzanian colleagues, make hours of rounds in cramped hospital wards, make home visits in the bush, provide hours of excellent education and work tirelessly in […]

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Patience is Rewarded

DAY 1 Patience is rewarded It was dark when we walked down the stairs from the KLM plane on to the tarmac. This was Arusha…..warm, sweat air with a slight welcoming breeze. The local staff were dressed in such colorful dresses. We were greeted with warm hugs from Dr Ezekial , Lesikar and the other […]

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Dream Realized

Dream realized…. When I “grow up,” I want to travel the world and be of service to others. I want to be adventurous, observe other cultures and travel to distant lands. For over a decade I have personally watched The Phil Simon Clinic Tanzania Project under the generous leadership of Dr. Kim Shriner travel to […]

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Tanzania Project Update – January 2016

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 […]

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