Donation of Medical Supplies
Government does not have the funds to supply health clinics with equipment and sufficient medication.
Karimu provides medical supplies to the Dareda Kati Dispensary and the midwives on a regular basis to complement what is received from the government. To ensure our donations are being properly used, we review the records of the Dareda Kati Dispensary on a monthly basis to learn about the number of consultations in the month, the most common illnesses, and how the medicine is being prescribed by the local doctor. This analysis has also enabled us to identify shortcomings in the clinic which we then address through training during Karimu’s yearly volunteer trip.
This program started in 2010.
In 2017, the Dareda Kati Clinic received a blood pressure machine, a fetal doppler and material such urine pregnancy tests, syringes, gauzes and gloves. Doctors donated medicines, including antifungals, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antipyretics and antibiotics.
In 2018, the maternity clinic received digital blood pressure machines, pulse oximeter devices, digital thermometers and material such as steristrips, scalpels, tweezers, nitrile gloves, catheters, tourniquets and urine dipsticks for protein and glucose, among others. The clinic also received two donations of medicines each of which lasted about 2 months (the remaining of the year are provided by the government).
In 2019, the donations included pressure cuffs, stethoscopes, fetoscopes, ear gloves among other supplies to the Dareda Kati Clinic and the 2 other health centers. Arri-Tsaayo dispensary also received medicine and medical equipment. Finally, Dareda Kati Clinic received donations of medicines, including antifungals, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antipyretics and antibiotics.
In 2020, Dareda Kati Clinic received a large donation of medicine that should cover the clinic operations for approximately 3 months. In addition Karimu made numerous donations in support of COVID-19 prevention including personal protective equipment and sanitation supplies to all dispensaries in Ayalagaya and Arri wards plus to the Manyara Regional Hospital. Additionally, Karimu donated patient intake supplies such as thermometers, buckets with faucet and stands for handwashing, liquid soap and soap containers, and hand sanitizer and dispensers.
In 2021, Dareda Kati Clinic received the donation of a blood pressure cuff and gloves for cleaning. Dareda Kati, Gajal, Arri-Tsaayo, and Dohom clinics received medicine including anti-inflammatory, analgesic, vitamins, antipyretics and antibiotics that should last each 3-4 months. Many clinics, inside and outside our service area, received equipment and supplies to help them implement the Integrated Management of Childhood Illness training we funded. We also provided additional COVID-19 personal protective equipment to local clinics and to Managha Regional Hospital. As part of the health interventions for syphilis and anemia during pregnancy, we provided test kits and equipment.
In 2022, Dareda Kati, Gajal, Dohom, and Arri-Tsaayo clinics and Manyara Regional Hospital received additional medicine including anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antibiotic, antihistamine, analgesic, vitamins, bandages, and malnutrition supplements (as needed by each dispensary) that should last each 3-4 months. They also received test kits in support of the syphilis and anemia health interventions as needed. The Managha and Tsaayo dispensaries each also received an autoclave for sterilizing equipment.
In 2023, both Dareda Kati Health Center and Tsaayo Dispensary received substantial medical equipment donations accounted for under separate projects. In September, Gajal, Tsaayo, and Managha dispensaries received additional medicine including anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antibiotic, antihistamine, analgesic, cough syrup, badges, and vitamins (as needed by each dispensary). They also received test kits in support of the syphilis and anemia health interventions as needed.
- Overall improvement in health services and broadening of the health services provided
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