From November 09 through 20, 2009, Dr. Renae Stafford met with physicians, nurses and hospital and medical school administrators from the Muhimbili National Hospital and Muhimbili University College of Health Sciences, in Dar Es Salaam, and the Bugando Medical Centre and Weill Bugando University College of Health Sciences, in Mwanza City. UNC co-investigators include Dr. Stafford, Sharon Schiro, PhD, and Dr. Steve Justus. Tanzanian co-principal investigators include Dr. Alwyn A-Mziray at Muhumbili and Dr. Isador Ngayomela at Bugando. The database will be instituted at Muhumbili, which has an urban referral base, and at Bugando, which has a more rural referral base. This will allow for ongoing epidemiologic investigations and comparison of the burden of disease in different areas of Tanzania. These connections were made possible by a group of North Carolina emergency medicine physicians, led by Dr. Justus, along with Dr. Alwyn A-Mziray, a Tanzanian native trained in emergency medicine in the US. This group is responsible for the creation of an Emergency Medicine Department as well as the nation’s first Emergency Medicine Residency Program at the Muhimbili National Hospital. The facility and training program are financed by the Abbbot Fund. Dr. Stafford expects her return trip in 2010 will further plans for the registry and include opportunities to share her clinical expertise.
Weil Bugando University
Muhimbili National Hospital
Operating Room at Muhimbili National Hospital