UNITED THANK OFFERING GRANT
Pictorial Progress Report: First Phase Construction of
St. James Anglican Hospital Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Planned outcome at end of grant:
1. Completed maternity building
2. Completed surgical building
Maternity Building – Current Status:
The maternity building has been completed, approved by the government, and is being used to initiate the Women and Children’s Center ambulatory portion of services. The photograph on the left below shows what used to be called the Peer Support Building that was built with Canadian Anglican funds for a program to help people living with HIV/AIDS. Money was limited and so the building did not have electricity, windows, water or completed toilets.
With money from the United Thank Offering grant, the building received structural repairs, a ceiling, windows with screens, electricity and water. The toilets were tiled and provided with a good water supply. The improved building can be seen on the right above and is now being used as the site of the ambulatory Women and Children’s Centre portion of the St. James Anglican Hospital. Once the surgical building is complete, 16 pre- and post-natal beds and four delivery beds will be put in this building and it will be used as the maternity ward of the St. James Anglican Hospital. This is now scheduled for January 2013, when the surgical building opens, and C-sections can then be performed.
When this building becomes the maternity building, the building on the right (as seen in the photograph on the following page) and the courtyard become the ambulatory component of the Mother and Children Center portion of the St. James Anglican Hospital. The surgical building will be built just to the right of this picture with ground breaking scheduled to start in September 2012.
The sign is on the new maternity building emphasizes that all services are free and include well child care, prenatal care, family planning care, HIV/ AIDS counseling and testing, and preventive treatment for HIV/AIDS infected mother and their newborns. The Buguruni Anglican Health Centre, where the sick child and adult services are provided, is a five minute walk away from the St. James campus.
The Surgical Building
The following people met June 12, 2012, to finalize the plans for the surgical building and to draft plans for the hospital:
· Dr. Simon Walton - the Health Director of the Anglican Diocese and the Buguruni Anglican Health Centre
· Mr. Gao John Gao - the director of the MEA Foundation who has been monitoring the progress of the project
· Architect A. J. Mcha - the architect who has developed the detailed drawings for the surgical building and the sketches for the entire hospital
· Dr. Henry Ziegler - the Health Advisor of the Anglican Diocese of Dar es Salaam and the Diocese of Virginia’s representative for monitoring the progress of the hospital.
Architect Mcha will immediately begin drawing up the bill of quantities so that municipal approval, bidding and building can begin. (See architectural drawings and St. James Anglican Hospital time line.) All except Dr. Ziegler are seen below: