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 up. Both ENT theatres now have a modern anesthesia machine, a modern microscope for ear surgery and a modern endoscopy tower for endonasal nose surgery. The surgical capacity of the ENT department has doubled thanks to this second theatre. This is a big boost for both the department and the residents’ training.
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.