Medical professionals from across the United States, Canada, Mexico, and England have united for mission trips of healing and hope.
In September of 2013 a team of health care professionals will volunteer their time and medical skills to offer free medical and surgical care to the people of Tanzania, East Africa.
The medical team has grown to represent a seasoned team of international medical volunteers.
All volunteer members are personally responsible for their expenses for the trip.
Members of the medical teams are credentialed and have provided modern treatment to thousands of needy children and adults at home and on missions for many years.
Each volunteer is responsible to work as a team, in gathering all the equipment, machines, supplies, and medications necessary to make their mission a success.
Dr. Deborah Turner, who resides in Des Moines IA, was the team organizer for our January 2013 Medical Mission.
The Organizers facilitate the collection of all materials, equipment, and supplies, which will be required for its mission.
The task of organizing the travel, accommodations, food and water, coupled with the medical necessities is a monumental task. The Organizer’s years of experience has created the knowledge of the “how” and the “what” that is required for a successful mission.
When the Team has traveled 12,000 miles from their home to a remote location in Tanzania everything needed to provide medical, surgical and dental care must be readily available.
Through the generous donation of individuals and organizations substantial portions of the required equipment, supplies, and medications needed for a mission are donated.
Grundy Center Hospital – Grundy Center IA
Heart to Heart – Overland Park, KS
Dr.Paul and Marianne Milloy
Mike and Sharon Manion
Gary and Sharon Kramer
Dr.Perry and Karen Engstrom
St. Joseph’s Medical Center
Brainerd Medical Center – Brainerd, MN
Mora Hospital – Mora, MN
Ken Panger Family Foundation
John and Janell Westphal
Keith and Deb Schiltz/Northwest Iowa Power Coop
Outreach Africa and its Tanzanian affiliate IREDO (Iramba Regional Development Organization) are proud to be partners in this mission of healing and hope. The medications, equipment, and supplies are staged for shipment at the Outreach warehouse in Union, Iowa. Outreach will load a 40’ ocean container with these materials, which will be shipped to Tanzania. This container will transport all of the supplies required for the mission.
IREDO was organized in 2004 and provides in-country administration and implementation of the Outreach programs. IREDO Directors are Dr Menerad Rwezaura and Dr Mike Kitwaka.
IREDO will arrange Government documentation, customs clearance, and transport of the contents of the ocean container from the port of entry to Singida Town.
Dr Rwezaura and DR Kitwaka reside in Tanzania and provide the critical links required for the success of everyOutreach Medical Mission.
Dr. Matiku Renatus Nyakarungu MD MPH, is the Regional Medical Officer and Doctor in Charge of the Government Hospital located in Singida Town. Dr Nyakarungu in cooperation with Dr Rwezaura and Dr Kitwaka will provide the logistical support, facility planning and in-country organization for the mission.
A small “Outreach Team” will accompany Dr Rwezaura into remote villages to run “bush” clinics.
The team plans to gift equipment and supplies to the Iambi Lutheran Hospital and the Makiungu Catholic Hospital at the close of the mission.
MEDICAL TEAM HISTORY
In April 2004 a small team of 24 volunteers traveled to Iambi Hospital in Nkungi Tanzania. Doctor Dennis Lofstrom and his wife Paula conceived the original medical mission trip to Iambi Hospital. The 2004 mission was the team’s first work in Tanzania. This mission was an outstanding success. The warmth and gratitude expressed and shown by the people touched the very heart and soul of those who volunteered.
21 of the original 24 volunteers returned in 2006! By 2010 the team grew in numbers to make it possible to conduct two consecutive weeks of service with different members of 50 each week. This allowed for many more major surgeries to be preformed.
Two medical trips are planned each year.
YOU CAN HELP
If you wish to make a contribution to the Medical Mission please contact us or use the DONATE button at the top of the page and add “Medical Mission” in the Purpose field.