We began construction of FAME Medical in October of 2007. The FAME Medical Outpatient Clinic was opened in April of 2008 and represents the first step towards a much larger medical facility. The Clinic is located in the District of Karatu, a rural District located in the Northern Highlands of Tanzania.
Since opening the Outpatient Clinic, significant progress has been made towards meeting FAME’s goal of serving the local Karatu population AND reaching out to the larger, undeserved population of Northern Tanzania. In 2015 alone there were over 22,000 patient visits, with 42% being newly registered patients. The dramatic and sustained increase in patients from the neighboring district of Ngorongoro, who are predominantly Maasai, points to success in our outreach efforts. Over a seven-year period there have been almost 90,000 patient visits at FAME Medical.
Annual Patient Visits at FAME Medical
Construction of the Outpatient Clinic. Click to enlarge.
The most common diseases our doctors treat include intestinal parasites and water borne diseases, acute respiratory infections, ulcer disease caused by H.Pylori, Urinary Tract Infections and Sexually Transmitted Disease. Our team also cares for patients suffering from burns, wounds and injuries and provides diagnostic work-ups using Ultrasound and EKG.
We are seeing an increasing number of patients with chronic disease processes like Diabetes, Hypertension and Epilepsy. While all very treatable, staggering numbers of men, women and children die every year simply because they are not able to access quality medical care in the most rural parts of the country.
Through a graduated fee structure and elective services, FAME endeavors to provide poor families with the same access to medical treatment as those with greater resources. The costs for reduced rate or free treatment are subsidized by a combination of donations, grants, and higher fees for patients from certain categories (e.g., insured Tanzanians, expatriates living in Tanzania, and tourists).