Posts Tagged tanzania

Helping Children with Cancer, One Child at a Time

Joseph after

Following his first cycle of chemotherapy for Burkitt’s lymphoma,  young Joseph’s* improved health is already visible. Joseph is able to receive care for his cancer through a collaboration between Direct Relief, the Burkitt’s Lymphoma Fund for Africa (BLFA), and the Shirati Health, Education, and Development (SHED) Foundation – which provides health services to communities near Lake Victoria in northwest Tanzania. Burkitt’s lymphoma is characterized by a fast-growing […]

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She Will Be Beautiful Again

She Will be Beautiful Again Jacinta Before Treatment

Jacinta, an eight-year-old girl from southwestern Kenya, started complaining of a toothache three months ago. After the tooth was pulled, the swelling did not stop. Jacinta was taken to a health center where the clinical officer diagnosed a bacterial infection and prescribed antibiotics. Following treatment, the swelling in her jaw only continued to grow rapidly. Two months later Jacinta’s mother, […]

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Fistula Treatment Gives Women in Tanzania A Reason to Smile

Nkwimba

Today I met Celestina, Nkwimba, Speciosa, and many other incredibly brave women who have found their way to the fistula ward at Bugando Medical Centre in Tanzania.  Their stories are different but revolve around the same theme: prolonged and obstructed labor, often in a village in absence of a trained birth attendant. When no baby is delivered after many long […]

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