A lot has changed since the last message posted on the website. Several teams of ENT doctors have visited the KCMC to further train the ENT surgeons in Moshi. A whole group of young, new doctors has started the ENT residency. Two of them will finish their training in November next year and will then… >
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Second theatre installed
Thanks to the many donations from various hospitals and the effort of a number of volunteers Foundation AfriKNO has been able to install the second theatre. This theatre was formerly used by the ophthalmology department and was left empty and unused since their departure to their own larger theatre complex. The theatre was completely set… >
Finnish ENT resident visits KCMC
Recently Sanna Sintonen, an ENT resident from Finland, visited KCMC. Below you can read a short report of her experiences at KCMC. When I heard about working opportunities in Tanzania, I didn´t hesitate but I signed up as a volunteer right away. I though it was a great opportunity to get to know the country… >
Currently Dr. Arne Eike, an ENT surgeon / audiologist from Denmark, is visiting the KCMC in Moshi. Hearing loss is very common in Tanzania and for the diagnosis of hearing loss a reliable measurement of hearing (audiometry) is crucial. Until now, the ENT Department of the KCMC was insufficiently equipped for this purpose. Dr. Arne… >
Thanks to our generous sponsors AfriKNO has recently been able to provide the ENT department of the KCMC with essential new instruments. With these instruments ear surgery can be done and hearing can be improved in many patients.
Thanks to the unlimited and unpaid support of Nanda Coppens (www.oblong.nl) and Bram Birkhoff (www.dgo.nl) we are proud to present to you our new website. Check out here to find out how you can help us.
Several ENT surgeons have already promised to spend two or more weeks at KCMC next year to train the local ENT surgeons and get a taste of Tanzania.
Kilimanjaro Native Cooperative Union is a local organization that produces and exports coffee from Kilimanjaro region. The Union was formed for social and economic emancipation and contributes to the well being of the cooperative members and their communities. You can enjoy the KCNU coffee at the Union Cafe in Moshi town.
KOO PUA NA SIKIO
Kiswahili is the first language in Tanzania, although many people including the hospital staff and personnel speak English very well. The Kiswahili word for throat is koo, pua means nose and sikio is ear, so KPS=ENT=KNO.
Audiometry: the art and science of measuring hearing and hearing loss needs a serious upgrade at the KCMC. You can help AfriKNO to improve the audiological knowledge and skills.
Hearing loss is a very common problem in Tanzania. Chronic ear infections are the most comon cause of conductive hearing loss. Most patients seen at the ENT department have total tympanic membrane perforations with erosion of one or more ossicles.
LOSS OF SMELL
Recently dr. Niels van Heerbeek and dr. Ronald Pennings have performed surgery on several patients. Amongst them were patients who had severe nasal obstruction due to different kind of tumours.
Pemba, one of Tanzania’s small islands, is the world’s major clove producer. Clove is a key spice in the country’s cuisine.
FIRE AT WORK
This is the local solution for a fire in theatre in Tanzania: a fire bucket filled with sand. This bucket however is only one of the suprises that come together with a stay at the KCMC.