Bought Bus - 2011. Soon after our incorporation in November 2011, Operation Upendo assisted St. John's Hospital with funds to purchase a 30-passenger used bus to use to transport residents from the surrounding villages to and from the hospital. The bus replaced the hospital's older, broken-down bus. The lack of transportation is a hardship for the residents of the surrounding villages who would otherwise have to walk for many hours to reach the hospital.
Bought Autoclave - 2012. St. John's Hospital was in dire need of a new autoclave. In May 2012, Operation Upendo corroborated with an Austrian based organization to purchase a new autoclave, including extra parts, for St. John's Hospital. Extra parts were ordered because it is expensive and time consuming to ship parts to Tanzania and it is critical that the autoclave be functional at all times.
Medical Staff Housing - 2013. The duplex funded by Operation Upendo in Ruanda is being occupied by eight very happy and grateful nurses who had no proper housing. The duplex is located adjacent to the hospital which makes it convenient when they have to check on patients or when there is an emergency during the night.
Like the other medical facilities in the Ruvuma Region, it also has a shortfall of medical staffing. The need for temporary help in terms of medical personnel is crucial to the survival of this hospital because current staffing is insufficient to satisfy government regulations. Operation Upendo seeks doctors, nurses, and other medical personnel, retired or otherwise, willing to travel to the Njombe and/or Ruvuma regions of Tanzania as humanitarian volunteers for extended volunteer assignments. Please contact us if you are interested.
In November 2012, our founder, Lucy Rodriguez and director, Darrell Kammer, MD, travelled to the village of Ruanda to evaluate the hospital's crucial needs and found that the most critical need was for housing for medical staff. The building of this duplex helped to alleviate this problem.
Install Solar Panels in Lupingu - 2013. The village of Lupingu is located on Lake Nyasa in the Njombe Region of Tanzania. The climate in the village of Lupingu is very hot and the dispensary lacks reliable electricity and potable water. Currently the residents pump water from the lake even though the water is salty.
The dirt road leading to Lake Nyassa is narrow and steep and is often impassable during the rainy season which adds to the hardships of the residents.
In February 2013, Operation Upendo provided funds for the installation of solar panels to provide power for the dispensary and for the purchase of a new set of tires and other repairs and maintenance for the pastoral vehicle, which also serves as the village ambulance to transport critical patients to a hospital in Ludewa.
Medical Equipment for Mpapa Health Clinic - 2013. OUI purchase the following medical equipment for the Mpapa Health Clinic:
* 7 Delivery kits
* 2 Delivery beds
* 1 Sliding type, 2 section
* 1 Knockdown
* Suction machine (foot operated)
* Weighing scale for Infants
* 2 B/P machines
* * 1 Sphygmomanometer cuff (for big arm)
* * 1 Digital sphygmomanometer
* Suturing forceps (needle holder, straight, 15 cm)
* Ambu resuscitator, size 2 for babies
* 2 Simple solar systems
Mpapa is located high in a remote area and patients served exceed 10,000 per year even though the health center is very small. The number of monthly deliveries are very high and the health center was in crucial need of above items.
Repairs to Guest Housing in Ruanda - 2013. OUI made the following repairs to housing unit used by Founder in Ruanda: Torn window mosquito screens replaced and broken or missing window panes replaced to keep domestic cats from climbing in through the window into the kitchen and dining room for hygiene reasons and to keep mosquitos and bats out.
Our Founder has since moved her permanent residence to the capital city of the district, Mbinga, but visits Ruanda on a regular basis. She uses the guest housing when she visits. The guest housing is also available for use by other visitors to Ruanda.