Banu’s Tale – A Story From FAME Medical in Tanzania

Dear ADS,

I think I mentioned in my last eNews, that on many days it feels like a pediatric ward in the new hospital. We are just so glad to be here for these little people. There are certainly the darker moments, like this weekend, when we had a 10 year old boy die from cerebral malaria. He arrived to us too late, already in a coma. The doctors and nurses were still hopeful that they could get him back, but he just couldn’t fight anymore. Fortunately, little Banu in the attached story had a different outcome. And right now in the ward, another little guy is making a good recovery from pneumonia. Thanks for all YOU are doing through ADS to help us help Tanzania. Thanks for sending your wonderful clients our way. Thanks for giving so much….

With Love & Gratitude Always,

Susan Gustafson
FAME Medical
Karatu, Tanzania
Banu’s Tale

Severely dehydrated and lethargic Little Banu was admitted to the FAME Hospital on Friday afternoon. His Mother had brought him to the Rift Valley Children’s Village where she knew there was a twice-monthly FAME mobile clinic, and where she knew someone would help. Only 2.0 kilograms and two months old, it was obvious he was suffering from severe malnutrition. Recognizing the seriousness of the situation, a team from the children’s village ( ahome for orphaned children) transported him down the mountain to FAME. Upon arrival, FAME doctors and nurses provided urgent hydration and began developing a long term plan for nutritional supplements. The FAME team learned that Banu’s mother had been unable to produce breast milk for some time. He was immediately started on infant formula by NG tube and within a day began to stablize.

As he gained strenght, a plan was established by the nrusing staff to educate his mother about a proper feeding schedule. But it wasn’t that simple. Upon discharge, Banu and his Mother would return to a situation in which the $16 per week to procure formula was simply not witin the realm of possibility. Impoverished and alone, she would need help. And then help arrived. With assistance from the Rift Valley Children’s Village and their team, an ongoing formula supply was secured for Banu. A glimmer of hope in his Mother’s eyes, Banu would have a chance afterall.

Africa Dream Safaris is proud to be a major sponsor of FAME and Dr. Frank Artress since 2008 and was honored with the Tanzanian Humanitarian Award specifically because of our work with FAME. Our ongoing monthly donations help FAME fund their mobile medical clinic bringing medical care to children living in remote areas. Many medical conditions can be treated correctly with proper healthcare including respiratory infections, waterborne diseases and diabetes. We suspect many children with juvenile diabetes simply die in rural Tanzania due to limited access and resources.

You may be asking yourself “How can I help?” The good news is that it doesn’t take much to make a real positive impact. Please consider a $50 donation to help Dr. Frank and Susan meet operational expenses for their Mobile Medical Service, purchasing laboratory equipment to provide more comprehensive diagnostic services, and completing the next phase of the medical project which involves expanding the existing Outpatient Clinic into a small hospital. The facility will include 12 inpatient beds and a major and minor Operating Room.

Africa Dream Safaris will match dollar for dollar any $50 donation thus turning your contribution into $100, which has real significant purchasing power in Tanzania. Please click here to contribute to FAME and to learn more about the organization. Make sure to enter ‘Africa Dream Safaris’ in the designation field to ensure that your $50 donation is matched correctly.

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