Imagine a place in Africa where the four major language groups of the continent meet in one place! A place where the local tribes, the Hadzabe, Taturu and Datooga, are still classified as “unreached”.
Haydom is a rural part of Tanzania, and the Haydom Lutheran Hospital, with the motto “To His Praise and Glory”, is the only high standard hospital in the area. The need for medical care is huge—300,000 people live in the area immediately around the hospital. Another two million live further out. Life is harsh in the remote villages and people have to contend with the dust, the dry seasons, hard manual labour and the struggle to survive and raise a family.
To effectively meet the needs of so many people, the hospital relies on Mission Aviation Fellowship to fly highly trained doctors and nurses, as well as engineers and pastors, in and out. MAF saves them up to four days travel (in both the wet and dry seasons) and enables a huge increase in productivity.
Through the hospital and the work of MAF, thousands of people are reached with medical care. But the work doesn’t stop there. MAF plays an even more vital role in this part of Africa...by flying medical safaris!
Each month MAF pilot Kirstein Combrink picks up a team of doctors and nurses from the hospital and flies them to six remote clinics to treat patients. This is often the only way patients can be treated or vaccinated. Not quite ten years ago over 10% of children did not live to the age of five and 18% of women died during childbirth. Thanks to the work of so many, this is slowly changing!
Because MAF is flying medical safaris in Tanzania, children are vaccinated, pregnant mothers helped and the sick treated. Can you see what a powerful impact these medical safaris have? Would you be willing to give $57, $92 or even $205 towards keeping MAF pilots like Kirstein Combrink flying in this remote part of Tanzania