The Church of Ireland Diocese of Dublin
USPG is an Anglican mission agency with a successful 300-year track record of enabling people to grow spiritually, to thrive physically and to have a voice in an unjust world. We do this in partnership with churches around the world, providing the resources - people, money and ideas - that they define as necessary to meet local needs.
In 2002, the Parish decided to sponsor the St Anne’s Hospital, Liuli in Tanzania Project as a result of an address given by Karin Johnson of USPG on Mission Sunday. Here is the most up-to-date report from this project.
St Anne’s Hospital, Liuli in Tanzania
Update from USPG Project 124, March 2006
St Anne's Hospital is in a remote location on the eastern shore of Lake Malawi and serves a population of 100,000 people. The infrastructure is very limited. Many people walk for days to attend the hospital. Here is an update.
Preventing the spread of malaria:
Dry season health issues:
Threat of TB:
St Anne’s Hospital is vital for the people of Liuli. It serves a remote rural population of 100,000. In the past 12 months, Liuli has been thrust into the modern communication age. First, in February 2005, a new road linking the hospital to surrounding villages was finished. This was followed by the installation of a new mobile phone mast serving Liuli for the first time. The hospital now has a mobile phone which is working 24-hours a day, unlike the landline which is often out of service.
The traditional method of communication – where people travelled for days to relay information and to transport patients to hospital – is quickly being replaced by mobile phone calls and a new bus service between Liuli and Songea. Dr Charles Peter Hinju, from St Anne’s Hospital, said: ‘This technology brings us closer to the world all the time. The changes have enabled us to respond relatively quickly to accidents and emergencies in this area – something we could never achieve before.’ This sudden change in status has led to a large increase in staff workload. Dr Hinju continued: ‘We now have about 62 patients arriving by bus every day. We recently enrolled newly-qualified nurses into the hospital, but we are still understaffed. In light of the changes, St Anne’s is applying to the government for more hospital staff.
In February this year, Maluta, a 28-year-old woman from Lipingo, 7 km south of Liuli, was admitted to St Anne’s. This mother of three had gradually lost all feeling in her lower back and legs to the point where she could no longer walk. Relatives brought her to the hospital after local doctors and medicine had failed to have any effect.
Dr Hinju said: ‘I saw Maluta in the ward. She looked anxious and hopeless. I met with her and she explained the symptoms to me.’ Dr Hinju took an X-ray and carried out some blood tests, which showed that Maluta was suffering from a form of TB which causes degeneration of the spinal cord. He immediately put Maluta on anti-TB drugs. After two weeks, a breakthrough came when, for the first time in over a month, Maluta lifted her right leg. By the sixth week of treatment, Maluta was able to stand and walk short distances. On discovering she could walk again, Maluta said: ‘I can’t believe that I’m cured now – but I believe it since I managed to walk alone. Thank you and God bless you for caring for me.’ Maluta has now received physiotherapy and has been discharged from the hospital. Dr Hinju said: ‘These words from Maluta encourage us in our daily service.’
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USPG enables marginalised people to grow spiritually, to thrive physically and to have a voice in an unjust world. As an Anglican mission agency, we do this in partnership with churches around the world, providing the resources – people, money and ideas – that they define as necessary to meet local needs.
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