Since the opening of the outpatient clinic in 2008, significant progress has been made towards meeting FAME’s goal of serving the local Karatu population & reaching out to the larger, underserved population of Northern Tanzania. In 2017 alone there were over 25,500 patient visits & over 100 tribes represented. The dramatic & sustained increase in patients from the neighboring district of Ngorongoro, who are predominantly Maasai, points to success in our outreach efforts. Over a ten-year period there have been over 140,000 patient visits at FAME Medical.
The most common diseases our doctors treat in children & adults include acute respiratory infections, pneumonia, hypertension, gastrointestinal disease, skin infections, urinary tract infections, diabetes, ear infections, & sexually transmitted diseases. Our team also cares for patients suffering from burns, wounds, & injuries - providing
diagnostic work ups using our Laboratory & Ultrasound or EKG machines if needed.
We are seeing an increasing number of patients with chronic disease processes like Diabetes, Hypertension & Epilepsy. We are not only working to meet the primary healthcare needs of an entire community; We are continually striving to get better at what we do. We are also bringing key specialty services to patients who would otherwise die or suffer life-long disabilities.
Through a graduated fee structure & 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, & higher fees for patients from certain categories (e.g., insured Tanzanians, expatriates living in Tanzania, & tourists).