2019 Arusha, Tanzania

Jun 5, 2019

Arusha Rotaplast Team ’19 – Four Days to Travel (T-4) – Where Are We Going?

Arusha, Tanzania

Karibu (welcome in Swahili), ninaitwa (my name) is Drexel Smith, Arusha Rotaplast Team ’19 historian.  I hope to provide information regarding this mission and posting it via the Rotaplast Blog as much ... Read More »

Jun 7, 2019

Arusha Rotaplast Team ’19 Final Preparations – Two Days to Travel (T-2)

Arusha, Tanzania

The Arusha ’19 Team will be represented from across the country and Europe.  Doctors, nurses and non-medical team members will converge on Monday in Tanzania from Germany, Netherlands and across the USA... Read More »

Jun 11, 2019

Arusha Rotaplast Team ’19 – Travel & Arrival

Arusha, Tanzania

Team members across the US and Europe begin their travel, many starting on Saturday June 8th, all converging on Arusha by Monday. The photo above captures many team members at San Francisco Airport prepari... Read More »

Jun 11, 2019

Rotaplast Team Arusha ’19 – Clinic Preparation

Arusha, Tanzania

Meeting with the hospital leadership was an important part of the clinic preparations.  Pictured is the meeting with Dr. OmRy Shariff Chande, Regional Medical Director. The Rotaplast Team also met with ot... Read More »

Jun 13, 2019

Arusha Rotaplast Team ’19 – Clinic Opening Day

Arusha, Tanzania

Early morning on Wednesday 12 June the Rotaplast Team arrives at the Mount Meru Regional Hospital to make ready and open the clinic.  Opening day is filled with anticipation and excitement by both the Rot... Read More »

Jun 14, 2019

Arusha Rotaplast Team ’19 Surgery Day 1

Arusha, Tanzania

Featured photo is Team Surgeon Paul Faringer, MD supported by Team Medical Director Todd Farnworth, MD performing the first surgery of the mission.  A lip repair on a 16 month old boy. Early morning on Th... Read More »

Jun 15, 2019

Rotaplast Arusha Team ’19 Surgery Day 2

Arusha, Tanzania

Featured photo is Team Surgeon Sibrand Schepel, MD from the Netherlands and surgeon Rod Simonds, MD from San Francisco performing on a severely burned 3 year old girl. Early morning on Friday 14 June the R... Read More »

Jun 16, 2019

Rotaplast Arusha Team ’19 Surgery Day 3 Saturday

Arusha, Tanzania

Featured photo is Team Surgeon Paul Faringer, MD from Honolulu Hawaii assisted by the Team Medical Director Todd Farnworth, MD.  The Team Lead Anesthesiologist Robert Karoukian is in the middle working on... Read More »

Jun 17, 2019

Rotaplast Team Arusha ’19 Takes Day Off

Arusha, Tanzania

After travel, clinic set-up, initial patient screening, and three day of surgery including post surgery care in the recovery room and the Hospital Ward, Team Arusha ’19 takes a day off.  The Team wi... Read More »

Jun 17, 2019

Arusha Rotaplast Team ‘19 – Surgery Day 4

Arusha, Tanzania

Featured photo is the first lip repair of the fourth day of surgery. Hajua is a 2 year 11 month old girl from the village of Chinya which is near and a part of the city of Mbaya about 1,500 Read More »

Jun 18, 2019

Arusha Rotaplast Team ‘19 – Surgery Day 5

Arusha, Tanzania

Featured photo captures the sparkle in Dr. Tim Conahan, MD, Team Anesthesiologist face as he carries one of the youngest patients at 3 months old from his mother to the operating room. Rotaplast Arusha ’... Read More »

Jun 19, 2019

Arusha Rotaplast Team ‘19 – Surgery Day 6

Arusha, Tanzania

Featured picture is of Nadaro, a 12 year old girl with her father Geieoy.  They live in the village of Matale about 500 KM from Arusha.  Nadaro suffered severe burns on her arm as a result of boiling coo... Read More »

Jun 20, 2019

Arusha Rotaplast Team ‘19 – Surgery Day 7 –Last Day

Arusha, Tanzania

The featured photo is Surgeon Paul Faringer, MD from Honolulu, HI preparing Agness, a 6 year old girl with a cleft lip.  This is the last lip surgery for OR #2 of this mission. Surgery Day # 7 is the Read More »

Jun 21, 2019

Arusha Rotaplast Team ‘19 – Post Surgery Clinic – Pack-up Day & Travel Day

Arusha, Tanzania

Featured picture is Head Nurse Kim Capps with Nadaro.  She is the 12 year old girl pictured yesterday with her father Geieoy.  They live in the village of Matale about 500 KM from Arusha.  When Nurse Ca... Read More »

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Jun 21, 2019

Arusha Rotaplast Team ‘...

Arusha, Tanzania

Featured picture is Head Nurse Kim Capps with Nadaro.  She is the 12 year old girl pictured yesterday with her father Geieoy.  They live in the village of Matale about 500 KM from Arusha.  When Nurse Ca... Read More »

Jun 20, 2019

Arusha Rotaplast Team ‘...

Arusha, Tanzania

The featured photo is Surgeon Paul Faringer, MD from Honolulu, HI preparing Agness, a 6 year old girl with a cleft lip.  This is the last lip surgery for OR #2 of this mission. Surgery Day # 7 is the Read More »