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Outreach Coordinator Sarah Wallis and Outreach staff

Evaluating a patient's xrays

Orthopedic staff in operating room

Child with skeletal fluorosis pre-op

Same child post-op


For many years Selian Lutheran Hospital has provided regular orthopaedic care to those in need. Visiting surgeons and generous supporters have made specialty care available and assisted in the training of Selian surgeons to do a broad range of the orthopaedic procedures.

Children in our community suffer from both congenital problems like club foot and acquired orthopaedic deformities such as the unique local problem of skeletal fluorosis. Skeletal trauma is a common cause of disability and burn contractures are also frequent among Maasai children as a consequence of open fire cooking.

The new Orthopaedic Institute provides an outreach effort to identify and surgically treat children afflicted with these and other skeletal conditions.
Click to see the formal description of the program.

Orthopaedic Institute Objectives:

1. Establish full time, specialist orthopaedic care for the Arusha and Manyara Regions of Tanzania

2. Strengthen and expand existing orthopaedic services at the Selian Lutheran Hospital (SLH) and the Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC)

3. Strengthen and expand existing Physical and Occupational Therapy services

4. Expand existing outreach services to find children in the villages who are in need of orthopaedic and plastic surgery.

4. Initiate community outreach to complement the existing services of our partners at Haydom Lutheran Hospital and Mwangaza

5. Provide subsidized or free orthopaedic operations for crippled children. Click to see the program brochure.

6. Provide long-term post-operative care for children whose conditions do not allow immediate return to their home environments.

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