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Tanzania – Supporting Emergency Medical Services

Paramedic service in Tanzania is a new profession, and its parameters are yet undefined there. The first college graduates of emergency services studies in Tanzania completed their education in 2013. With the construction help of the crucial public health sector, the PCPM Foundation coordinates a medical service support program in the Dar es Salaam region - the biggest and the most populated city in Tanzania.

 

Status: In progress

Time frame: August 2022 – December 2024

Name of the project: The support for the emergency medical sector in the Dar es Salaam region.

Main aims:

  1. Providing support to the medical sector.
  2. Supporting the education of paramedics in the Dar es Salaam region.

Our actions:

2022:

  • Purchase of first aid training manikins and other training aid equipment for medics from the emergency service sector of the training center under the supervision of Aga Khan hospital in Dar es Salaam,
  • Training for medical instructors (BLS – Basic Life Support; PTC – Primary Trauma Care),
  • First Aid training for witnesses of incidents on how to give first aid. Training mainly for fire-fighting staff.

2023:

  • Purchase a set of manikins and training aids for teaching the medics the specifics of emergency medical actions in a training center at the Mbagala Rangi Tatu Public Hospital in the Temeke district of northern Dar es Salaam.
  • Training medical instructors in Primary Trauma Care; PALS – Pediatric Advanced Life Support; ACLS – Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support),
  • Medical staff training in BLS; ATLS; Primary Trauma Care; ACLS; PEARS – Pediatric Advanced Emergency Assessment, Recognition, and Stabilization; Obstetric emergency – emergency obstetrics training).
  • Training for eyewitnesses to an incident (including fire-fighters)

2024

  • Delivery of equipment to emergency departments at various hospitals in Dar es Salaam, mostly government facilities. A smaller portion to Aga Khan Foundation hospitals and a training center at Mbagala Rangi Tatu Public Hospital.
  • Medical personnel training (BLS; ATLS; Primary Trauma Care; ACLS; PEARS – Pediatric Advanced Emergency Assessment, Recognition, and Stabilization; Obstetric emergency – emergency obstetrics training),
  • Training for eyewitnesses of an incident (for firefighters) – continuing training in basic and advanced life-saving techniques

Direct recipients of the assistance: 

  • 30 medical staff trainers from various Dar es Salaam facilities and 60 eyewitnesses to incidents (including firefighters and cab drivers)
  • Mbagala Rangi Tatu hospital in Temeke district
  • Sinza hospital in Ubungo district
  • Vijibweni hospital in the Kigamboni district
  • Bunju health center in Kinondon district
  • Aga Khan Hospital and its two clinics in the Ilala district

Indirect recipients of the assistance:

  • Residents of Tanzania’s largest city of more than 4 million, Dar es Salaam
  • Patients of the hospitals that will receive the medical equipment

Implementation area: Tanzania

Direct action: northern, central, southern, and western districts of Dar es Salaam

The Polish Development Assistance of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs has financed PCPM’s project for 4,923,722 PLN.