Imiliwaha Surgical Center

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        UPDATE 2021!

        Here is a short video tour of the new health center (under construction) led by S. Fausta. You'll see the medical supplies being delivered and the solar panels.

        Construction on the Doctors' house

         As of 5-21, FOI committed to helping the Sisters build 2 modest houses for the government-provided medical staff. No housing alternatives exist on the Imiliwaha campus or in nearby villages.

        The remote location and pervasive poverty of the Benedictine Sisters of Imiliwaha (Tanzania) make even the most basic Imiliwaha, Tanzaniahealth care services scarce, to the point of life-threatening. Friends of Imiliwaha NFP committed to improving health care for the Benedictine Sisters in Imiliwaha and for the surrounding villagers. Without this facility, villagers must travel, often by foot, on 40+ miles of rugged dirt roads to get to the nearest medical facility in Njombe.


        In 2018, the Sisters were given a government mandate to upgrade their clinic to include 2 Old clinicsurgery rooms. If not, their facility would be downgraded to a dispensary with no inpatient care.  FOI committed to raising a substantial part of this project's needed funds. As of 2021, this project nears completion! 

        Front view of the new surgery center


        Surgery center solar panels


        FOI Board found ways to get equipment and supplies for the clinic. The health care committee worked with Sister Rustica, Sister-Doctor Beatrice, and others in Imiliwaha to attain and transport equipment and supplies. 

        The interior construction has been completed. Solar panels installed. Much of the equipment and furnishings are set. A few pieces of essential equipment need to be purchased in Tanzania.

        FOI asks for support--individuals, service organizations, corporations, foundations, religious groups, etc.--to wrap up these needs.  If you can connect us to any possible support, please contact us. 

        FOI is committed to this challenge! 

        Sister-Doctor Beatrice Kayombo

        Sister-Doctor Beatrice 

        FOI continues to support Sister-Doctor Beatrice Kayombo. She completed her residency at the National Hospital in Dar Es Salaam, focused on oncology. She  graduated in 2020.  Until she gets a permanent assignment, we need  $10 a day for her expenses.

        Donations for specific medical causes can be made by indicating your wishes in the COMMENTS section of our donation form. 

        Friends of Imiliwaha is a 501 (c)(3) organization as determined by the IRS. Our FEIN number is 45-3811165. Your donation is tax-deductible as allowed by law.