Category Archives: Congressional Study Tour 2014: Tanzania

Report from Tanzania: Attention to realities on the ground, criminalized populations, civil society needed to sustain HIV, TB responses

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Redeployment: Opportunities to Control HIV and TB in Tanzania, Observations from Dar es Salaam, Mbeya, and Zanzibar looks at successes, challenges, gaps in public health responses, and at how to deliver “the right things to the right places at the right time.” When we set off for Tanzania last fall, we stayed in touch with […]

In Dar es Salaam, a former patient’s group reaches clients where they live

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Joseph Samwel Mapunda was 46 when he was diagnosed with TB. He was cured in eight months, but by the time the disease was through with his family, his wife and daughter were sick too, and his brother-in-law was dead. “From that day, I felt very strongly about this,” he told us last week. He […]

Dar es Salaam: In a fragile health system, a national referral hospital prepares for Ebola

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Emergency medicine is new here in Dar es Salaam, although the need for it is not. Trauma patients — predominately from motorcycle crashes in this congested city — make up the bulk of the emergency room cases, although illnesses stemming from HIV, other infectious diseases, and, at a growing rate psychiatric disorders, give a program […]

Dar es Salaam: From 100 patients to 65,000 in ten years

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“We used to take care of our patients so they could die with dignity,” Professor Ferdinand Mugusi, MD of Muhimbili Hospital in Dar es Salaam told us last week. “Now our patients live. So thank you.” Americans visiting medical settings in Tanzania, particularly when they are with United States Congressional staffers, get used to being […]

Zanzibar: An island that has seen success offers a cautionary tale

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Come to Zanzibar, the archipelago off the coast of Tanzania that is both tourist destination and home to about 1 million people, and you’ll hear about success. The place has nearly eradicated malaria — more than once — and controlled HIV to the point that fewer than 1 percent of the people on the island live […]

At Tanzania sober house: “We shine and they want what we have”

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“In the beginning,” Suleiman Mauly told us on Saturday, “the government didn’t want to know we exist. They came to recognize us, though. They pay half the rent for every house now.” We were a group from the United States — Center for Global Health Policy staff and five congressional staffers — on a study […]

Heading to Tanzania . . . We’ll send postcards, and bring back stories

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The Center for Global Health Policy staff is on its way to Tanzania. Hosting five congressional staffers, we’re heading to one of the countries hit hardest by HIV and tuberculosis. We will visit screening, treatment and prevention programs in Dar es Salaam, Mbeya and Zanzibar, talking to people providing and receiving services to address the […]