Arusha, Tanzania


In 2011, Andrew was offered the maternity ward of the Selian Lutheran Hospital in Arusha, Tanzania, by local health authorities to upgrade, following similar and successful programmes completed by Andrew and his team in Ethiopia. Like the past centres, Andrew found a maternity unit with broken, rusty beds, limited birthing facilities, no provision for ante- or post-natal care, and non-existent facilities for Emergency Obstetric Care (EmOC).

Today the 25-bed unit is:

  • Registering approximately 3000 births a year
  • Includes the Maternity Africa Midwifery Training Centre
  • The regional centre for obstetric fistula EmOc and the headquarters for a vital and robust Obstetric Fistula Outreach program