Meanwhile, our suitcases have already been unpacked long and wide and we have worked hard with the whole board on the continuation of the journey. All collected information is arranged and a report has been drawn up in response to our visit to the various projects. We do not only report on our findings, but also come up with recommendations and proposals.
We noticed that in virtually none of the places we visited, pregnancy echoes are carried out according to international standards. There is no clear method for determining the due date on the basis of ultrasound and measurements are often not carried out in accordance with the applicable international agreements.
However, obstetric ultrasound can only contribute to making the right clinical decisions when properly performed. Since it is the mission of our foundation to share knowledge for the benefit of mother and child care in Tanzania, our focus in 2019 is mainly on offering additional training to those who already make pregnancy echoes. They can then become trainers and supervisors for the new generation of obstetric sonographers that we want to train for the Mamabus 2.0 in Moshi and Arusha.
We can use your help to train this new batch. As an ultrasound practice, ultrasound center, midwife, self-employed or in any capacity, you can also register for our project "Adopt an songrapher in Tanzania". With your financial contribution we can train a midwife in the ultrasound. And who knows, maybe you will join us on our next trip to see your candidate at work, and to continue to support and encourage him or her with knowledge and expertise.
Naturally, we have set the necessary criteria for the selection of candidates, the learning route, the level to be reached, the number of echoes to be made and the standards according to which the work must be done.
The first candidates are already very eager. Probably they will start the training program in January. During a visit in April we will test whether they are ready to go into practice.
The fact that your help has an effect, by the way, was evident from the Philips Lumify we had with us, which was partly sponsored by Star-SHL. The Lumify proved to be of great help in training people and demonstrating the possibilities of ultrasound. As soon as there are well-trained obstetric ultrasound operators for the Mamabussen 2.0, this device also gets a place on one of the buses.
Meanwhile, another project has also been presented in Tanzania. A new birth center, which is to be run by midwives, wants to integrate ultrasound in the prenatal controls. Since reinforcing the first line fits well with our mission, we are in full consultation with them to see how we can support them.
After a fantastic journey and unpacking our suitcases full of impressions, it is now a question of getting through. Do you want to help? Please follow us on our website www.stichtingmountmeru.nl or contact us for more information about our project "Adopt an sonographer in Tanzania".