Early 2006 Selian Hospital reported that the Kenyan orthopedic surgeon Dr Murila had decided to join the hospital in Arusha. This was very good news for the disabled children of the Monduli Rehabilitation Centre, because Dr Murila is very experienced and very capable to perform most complicated orthopaedic surgery.
In cooperation with Dr Kisanga and the surgical team of Selian Hospital he does operate on children with clubfeet, deformities, poliomyelitis, fluorosis or compound fractures throughout the year. Previously these operations were clustered for visiting orthopaedic surgeons from outside Tanzania. The continuous presence of Dr. Murila creates an ideal situation for children with orthopaedic disabilities.
This development in Selian Hospital allowed the Njokuti Foundation to explore other possibilities in Tanzania to support rehabilitation. For this purpose one of the orthopaedic surgeons and a delegation of the board paid a visit to identify projects where the Foundation could expand its activities. A team of four left on Friday 21st April 2006 for Arusha: Harry de Vries (orthopaedic surgeon), Jos van Bemmel (chair of the Njokuti Foundation), Ally Timmer (treasurer) and Rona Snoek (advisor).
In 10 days they visited several projects dealing with rehabilitation. By this personal exposure and experience the team got a clear picture of the obstacles and desired achievements in rehabilitation. It was decided that Haydom Hospital, 200 km south west of Arusha, could benefit from further cooperation with the Njokuti Foundation.
At the same time the cooperation with Selian Hospital and the Monduli Rehabilitation Centre will be continued. Read more about these hospitals and the Rehab Centre, and the efforts of Njokuti to support these facilities to assist the disabled children in Tanzania….