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'''The goals of this partnership are:'''
To create a formal relationship to acknowledge and assist the partnership between [http://www.olchc.ie/ Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin] (OLCHC) and the National Children’s Cancer Service in Dar es Salaam.<br/>
#To positively impact childhood cancer survival and service delivery initially and ultimately all aspects of childhood health care delivery at [http://www.mnh.or.tz/ Muhimbili National Hospital].
#To assist in creating a clinical and educational centre of excellence for general paediatrics and sub-specialities in paediatrics in Dar es Salaam Tanzania.<span data-cke-bookmark="1" style="display: none" id="cke_bm_160E"> </span><br/>
Throughout the last 7 years OLCHC have been providing clinical and technical support to the Children’s Cancer Programme in Dar es Salaam. This has included regular expert site visits, assistance processing histopathology specimens, interpreting radiology investigations and donation of decommissioned equipment. Here are a few examples of this:
#The pathology department at OLCHC receives and reports on a number of Tanzanian children’s cancer samples every week (facilitated by DHL who ship the samples free of charge).<br/>
#CT/MRI scans are regularly sent to the radiology team for rapid review –which is always provided.
#The Advanced Paediatric Life Support (APLS) team has been to MNH for two consecutive years and have trained doctors and nurses in Basic Life Support (BLS) and APLS.
#OLCHC have made multiple surgical visits to MNH and worked along side the local specialists and trainees, sharing knowledge and expertise and ultimately saving lives.
#Most recently, a 20 foot container is currently sailing from OLHCH to the Dar es Salaam port full of good quality equipment recently decommissioned from service at OLCHC.
The Tanzanian Ministry of Health and the MNH Management are fully supportive of this partnership and facilitated these changes. MUHAS is housing the Master’s programme and assisting with all aspects of the training involved. Both the hospital and the University management are interested in developing this twinning programme with OLCHC – an organisation that is so heavily embedded in the children’s cancer service that the next logical step is to expand and formalise the relationship to other departments within the children’s service at MNH
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