Deep diving …
Just like Margaret Heffernan (entrepreneur and writer) once quoted “for good ideas and true innovation, you need human interaction, conflict, argument and debate”. This week was all about the needs findings for which we paid a visit to two hospitals i.e. Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH) and Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation in Tanzania (CCBRT). It was really an interesting week, getting to see what the doctors do and the things they need.
Muhimbili needs finding
We paid a visit to MNH and went to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) with the doctors who explained what they are doing and the challenges that they are facing. There were various triggers that we noted from the Muhimbili visit, and some of the triggers include:
– the suction machines that are present are electrical and mechanical operated. The challenges about the present suction machines are that they are very few compared to the number of patients. They are also expensive since all the machines are imported. Another challenge is that the suction machine cannot be used by multiple patients and once it is full, it stops working hence may risk the life of the patient.
Needs finding at the Muhimbili National Hospital
There were several other findings that people observed in our visit to the Muhimbili National Hospital which are: they lack proper male and female changing room signs; the lack of safe transport beds and transport oxygen; and also heavy bedclothes transport.
Further needs finding at the Muhimbili National Hospital
CCBRT needs findings…
At CCBRT, we mostly went through the Prosthetics and Orthotics Department. In this Department, there are different machines and experts who deal with the fabrication of prosthetics and orthotics. Some of the challenges that they faced are: affordability since most of the materials they used are imported; our national health insurance cannot cover the prosthetic and orthotics costs; the material difference which makes it difficult to join materials; the 3D printers are not large enough to produce large components that are needed at a large scale and the POP materials are not reversible.
Our visit at CCBRT hospital.
That’s all about this week.
Sandra P. Sommi.