“There are chickens in this clinic,” laughed one of K.O. Kasten’s teammates. Yes, she thought. We may not have water or electricity from time to time, but we do have chickens.
And so it goes with health care in Tanzania. In October, K.O., an RN from the Med/Surg/Peds department had the great opportunity to be part of a medical team serving in Tanzania for 2 weeks at a primary care clinic. PVMC was a valuable part of that by donating medical supplies.
• Tanzania has one of the lowest doctor to patient ratios in the world: 1 doctor for every 30,000 people. In the USA there is approximately 1 doctor for every 300 people.
• In Tanzania there are 0.39 nurses for every 1,000 people. Imagine, not even half a nurse for 1,000 people!
• In Tanzania one out of every 9 children does not live to see their 5th birthday.
During those two weeks the team treated patients with STDs, malaria, dehydration, cancer, AIDS, wounds, elephantiasis, and leprosy.
Thank you PVMC for supporting this valuable work of providing optimal health care for all, even in Tanzania. K.O. hopes to make it an annual event.