Edinburgh alumnus Dr Simon Durkin brought two packed bags of MedAID equipment to Mombo, Tanzania. The hospital team were delighted with the supplies and the flexibility of resources available helped to make a massive difference to the clinic.
“The trip was a planned part of an F3 year out before specialty training in order to gain experience of medicine in Tanzania, build further links with staff and assess needs for further donations. I had previously met the staff during my undergraduate elective at Edinburgh. I wished to return (with my wife!) to experience the daily struggles faced in rural healthcare in-country, to gain experience relevant to a career in tropical medicine and infectious diseases and to see some of the stunning natural environment. The items from MedAID helped to replenish essential items in stores, such as sutures, gloves, needles and syringes. All are costly and the hospital receives little reliable government funding, yet is obliged to assist the impoverished local population. Additionally, some consumables can't always be obtained, even from elsewhere in the country.”