For more than 15 years, Abbott and its foundation, the Abbott Fund, have partnered with the Government of Tanzania to find lasting solutions to critical healthcare challenges.
Abbott, the Abbott Fund and the Government of Tanzania are working to improve healthcare across the country.
With more than $125 million invested to date, and 65,000 hours of support from Abbott experts, this unique public-private partnership is strengthening the country’s health system and improving care for people across the country. Efforts focus on three areas:
1. Upgrading patient care
Skilled doctors and nurses at the new emergency room in Tanzania saved a young boy's life.
With little access to doctors, acute care has always been a critical need in the developing world. But modern facilities for emergency care are almost nonexistent – patients can wait hours for the most basic life-saving care. Today, Muhimbili National Hospital is home to the first true emergency room (ER) and the first emergency medicine residency training program in East Africa. This ER provides critically needed care for 73,000 people each year.
For people managing life-long challenges such as diabetes and HIV, a modern outpatient center at the hospital serves more than 1,000 patients a day, and 90 renovated clinics serve people in rural areas.
2. Modernizing labs and tech
Modernizing labs and expanding access to IT to help physicians treat patients at Muhimbili National Hospital and 23 regional hospitals nationwide.
Today, one of East Africa’s most sophisticated diagnostics centers processes more than 1.5 million tests per year. And new labs at 23 regional hospitals extend modern testing to every corner of Tanzania. Before, it might take weeks and long travel days to get lab results. Today it takes just hours – which means better treatment, faster.
In addition, hospital labs are linked through the country’s first nationwide IT network, building capacity for sharing test results and best practices across the country. At the national hospital, a sophisticated hospital IT system tracks inventory and patient histories.
3. Ensuring improvements are sustainable
Every aspect of the partnership aims for lasting change, focusing on training local teams on testing, treatment and care, as well as upgrading management and IT.
The improvements are working. As the reputation of Tanzania’s medical care improves, more insured patients are choosing public hospitals over private. Early results are promising, with expanding patient numbers and income – providing a clear path to a self-sustaining future.
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