Traditional Birth Attendants
As part of our rollout of Labor & Delivery & Reproductive & Child Health services, in 2015, we conducted a very focused program of community outreach. Targeting “gatekeepers” to healthcare, our community outreach team spent 10 days in the field, reaching out to local dispensaries & Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) in 28 communities throughout the Karatu and Ngorongoro districts.
The goal of this program is to inform local healthcare providers about the new maternal health services available at FAME Medical & to provide information on complications of pregnancy for which care should be sought at a health center. Over the course of the outreach, our team has met personally with 111 active TBAs, as well as healthcare workers at 26 area dispensaries. We’ve also hosted 89 TBAs at the FAME campus to participate in an informative session & receive a tour of our facilities.
In 2017, 552 patients were seen during our bi-annual neurology clinic. Long-time volunteer, Dr. Michael Rubenstein helped spearhead this program in 2013 & has since been the connection for our partnership with the University of Pennsylvania Residence Program, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) & Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Dr. Michael travels with UPenn Neurology residents, bringing expertise in adult & pediatric neurology, movement disorders, & epileptology.
People with neurological conditions represent a very underserved population in Tanzania. Thus, we have patients coming from as far away as Dar es Salaam & Tanga for consults. In addition to clinic drop-in days, the neurology team, along with FAME staff, conducts a drop-in & follow-up clinic at previously identified low-resource dispensaries located in some of the most remote parts of the district.
FAME originally began as a mobile medical clinic, serving remote populations out of the back of a pickup truck. When our outpatient clinic opened in 2008 & our hospital followed in 2012, our mobile clinics programs began to evolve. We made the conscious decision to direct our focus to treating patients who arrive at the FAME campus, while using outreach to focus on specialty services & treatment that would otherwise be entirely unavailable.