Alegent Health has worked to meet the health needs in Tanzania, Africa – near Mount Kilimanjaro. A story on Omaha.com illustrates some of the projects that Alegent has taken on, everything from building healthy homes for patients to raising money for nursing school scholarships. If you are interested in making a donation towards the Tanzania nursing scholarships, please contact Lisa Kelly at 402-343-4619.
A 15-year-old girl arrived at Machame Hospital in Tanzania with a broken arm. An easy fix in the U.S., but not in Africa.
There, locals treat bone breaks by wrapping a wet animal skin around the fracture. It hardened around the teenager’s arm like it was supposed to, a makeshift cast. But the local remedy worked too well. It continued to tighten, cutting off circulation and causing gangrene.
The infection forced her doctor to amputate, but it could have been worse. Without Machame Hospital, she would have died from the gangrene poison.
Machame is one part of Alegent Health’s outreach program in Tanzania, Africa. Alegent Health trains medical staff, builds new facilities, updates medical equipment and provides nursing scholarships.
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