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Oxford Tanzania Link

The Oxford-Tanzania Link has been set up to share experiences, support medical learning, and teach and adopt best medical practice.

The link consists of a group of Oxford healthcare professionals who work with their counterparts at Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH), the main university teaching hospital in the capital city in Dar es Salaam. This partnership is a two-way transfer of skills, and very rewarding for all involved.

At present we have links between:

  • paediatric surgery
  • paediatric anaesthetics
  • paediatric oncology
  • nursing teams.

Healthcare professionals from Oxford visit MNH annually to contribute to training programmes, and the staff from MNH visit Oxford for short periods for training not available in Tanzania. The Oxford-Tanzania Link also donates books, journals and other teaching materials.

Miss Lakoo has been working for many years in Tanzania and visits every year to support and teach the local surgeons.

In 2015, Kamran's Ward (paediatric haemato-oncology) in Oxford linked with Upendo Ward in MNH, promoting teaching and sharing experiences about providing medical care for children with cancer and blood disorders.

At present sick children come to Upendo Ward from all over Tanzania, but there is a plan to expand the oncology and haematology service to two other national hospitals, Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (KCMC) in Moshi, and Bugando Medical Centre.

More information about this work, and ways it can be supported, can be found at the link below:

There are lots of opportunities for our work to expand. More African healthcare workers could benefit from short visits to Oxford to learn specific skills, and MNH could provide valuable experience for UK health professionals at all stages of their careers. So far our links have been with clinical departments, but there could be real benefits for other disciplines, such as engineering and hospital management, to get involved.

Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH)

MNH is a National Referral Hospital, Research Centre and University Teaching Hospital with 1,500 beds, attending approximately 10,000 outpatients per week, admitting many every day.

There are paediatric wards for surgical patients, general medical, and a 70 bed oncology/haematology unit, Upendo Ward.

MNH has 3000 employees, of which 300 are doctors and specialists, 900 registered and enrolled nurses, and supporting operations employees.

How you can help

Extra resources would enable more children being helped in Tanzania, increase teaching and skills transfer, and in particular support trainees from both MNH and Oxford.

These trainees are the doctors and trainers of the future and will make the biggest contribution to healthcare in their own countries. Additional funds would also help to provide much needed books, journals and other teaching materials.

'Oxford-Tanzania Link' is a charity administered by the Charitable Funds Department of the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

A member of the Oxford Tanzania Link team would be happy to come and talk about the charity at your local school or organisation.

Any contribution you feel able to make, however small, would be most welcome. The amount spent on healthcare per person per year in Tanzania would buy one cappuccino in the UK!

Please make donations in favour of 'Oxford Tanzania Link' Fund Number 0409 and send them to:

  • Charitable Funds Department
    Manor House
    Headley Way
    Headington
    Oxford OX3 9DZ

Thank you!

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