IHPTZ-US Home Page
Welcome to International Health Partners TZ and International Health Partners - US INC.
We are people, working with people, to improve health care for the people of Tanzania.
While working on our first project, we were overwhelmed by the number of people who wanted to help improve the health care system in Tanzania. They recognized the huge problems that Tanzania faces especially with the high incidence of both HIV/AIDS and poverty.
Check out our projects to see where we are making a difference.
We welcome your input, your time as volunteers and your goodwill. Please feel free to investigate our website and choose the project nearest your heart....and contact us. Our contact page has all the different ways we can be reached. We will get back to you promptly with even more details.
Check out the updates to hear first hand what's happening in Tanzania. The stories and pictures are worth the visit alone.
To volunteer your time, just contact us to find out about upcoming opportunities. It's a life changing experience!
You can donate via the internet by clicking on the Donate sign on the left, or just mail a check to IHP-US, 1811 S 39th St. #36, Mesa, AZ 85206. International Health Partners - U.S. is a 501c3 non-profit corporation registered with the State of Minnesota so your donations are tax deductible.
For And About Our Volunteers
General answers to common questions are available on the FAQ page of this site.
If you are interested in volunteering at IHP-TZ in Tanzania, please fill out our Volunteer application. It will help us match up skills, needs and availabilities.
Information and forms for physicians, nurses and other volunteers are available on the Volunteers page of this site, or through this link: Volunteer Information.
Important information for medical teams can be found on the Volunteer page.
Current Update (September) - See Updates page for past news and pictures
Dear IHP fans/supporters,
Paula Lofstrom, Managing Director, IHP US- JEMA-Tz writing:
It’s exciting to watch the progress being made at Zinga, even from afar. And we do indeed feel far, far away when it would be so much more fun to be there. However, our job is to go around the U.S. telling the story and inviting people to join in the project to help save the lives of children in Tanzania. We’re asking your help now in two ways.
#1 – Denny and I have made the decision to not go back to Tanzania until the clinic is ready to open, whenever that may be, so that we can continue fund raising here in the U.S. We need to get out there and tell as many folks as possible. That’s where you come in. We’ll be back in the Kansas City area in December. Now, before Christmas is not prime fund-raising time, but after Christmas, we’d like to reach as many folks as possible. Can you please help us?
We’ll drive where we need to. From Kansas City, the heart of the U.S., we can go out in any direction, and we will. We will talk with churches, service clubs, and to individuals. Having a fund raiser for us is not difficult or that expensive. Just tell your friends you’d like to have them come listen to us. Go to the outlet mall or store and buy some goodies, make the tea and coffee or punch and voila! You’ve got a fund raiser. We have the PowerPoint, the projector, and we have a small screen, perfect for small venues.
#2 – We need your donations.
We invite you to help. It’s easy, and every dollar makes a significant difference.
Here’s how simple it is, just write a check to:
International Health Partners, US
Joyce Zemel, Treasurer
1811 So. 39th St. #36
Mesa, AZ 85206
Go to our website, www.ihptz.org., read it through about what we do and how we do it, and contribute by clicking on Just Give in upper left-hand corner of the home page
Or, simply dial 480 540 9317, talk with our treasurer, Joyce Zemel, and she’ll be able to take a credit card donation over the phone.
What will your money buy?
First of all it will build the facility where the children to be seen. Care for children under five-years-old will be free. We have made 2,190 blocks and we need 11,472, so that means we have to make 9,282 blocks. They will cost about $1.00 per block including labor. A bag of cement is $14.00 (that makes 22 blocks when mixed with sand and small gravel). Mary Ellen spent $100 of her Social Security money this month to buy 100 blocks. So did Denny. So did I. That’s 300 blocks. How many can you contribute? Ten? Fifty? Every block is getting us closer to serving the children of Tanzania.
The solar power for the outpatient unit will be about $13,000. Could your group raise the money for that? Sounds like a great Rotary or Kiwanis project, don’t you think? How about your church?
Fund Raising Schedule for 2013, 2014
Sept. 29th – Christ Lutheran, Gettysburg, PA
Oct. 1 & 2 – Nobel Conf, St. Peter, MN
October 6, Open
Oct. 7th, Lunch with Darlene in Rochester, MN
Oct. 8th, 6:45 A.M.., Rotary, Cannon Falls, MN
Oct. 12th, IHP Board meeting
Oct. 12th, Dinner with Sandquists in Newton, IA
Oct. 13th, First Lutheran, Newton, IA
Oct. 14th, Ginny Poppen in Reinbeck, IA
Oct. 20th, Grace Lutheran, Albert Lea, MN
Oct. 23rd, Looney Valley Lutheran Women’s group, Looney Valley, MN
Oct. 27th, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Rochester, MN
Oct. 28th, 29th, 30th, Mayo Clinic Reviews – continuing education
November 3rd – Lord of Life Lutheran Church, Baxter, MN
Nov. 7th - Louisville, KY, Jared Findlater’s school
Nov. 7 – 8 – 9th – Medical Missions Conference, Louisville, KY
Nov. 11th - Scott Smith, Flagler Beach, FL
Nov. 17th – Indian River Presbyterian, Ft. Pierce, FL
Nov. 24th - Grace Lutheran, Clarksville, TN
Nov. 28th – Thanksgiving with Arch and Carol Woodard in Burnsville, NC
Dec. 1st – Chattanooga, TN, David and Judith Wurm, Home Church
Open for invitations. Please help if you can. Who would be open to hearing the story of IHP and helping the 18 million Children of Tanzania have a hospital?
Mary Ellen Kitundu, President of IHP writing:
Dear Friends of IHP and the Children of Tanzania.
In this update you will see pictures of the outpatient department of the Children's Hospital. Every day we are on-site, we get so excited about the progress. I wish you were here to catch the excitement!
But there are other things happening that are not so visible. We can have beautiful facilities, but we need good caring people with the skills to give excellent care. So what we have done is to send a number of caring people back to school during the building days. Mirium, who will be the nurse in charge, just reported excellent grades in her pursuit of a baccalaureate degree. Jimmy and Maria are working hard in preparation for specialty education in laboratory and surgical services. Dr. Bon will start a two year course next Monday that will increase his depth of knowledge and increase his surgical skills.
One of the things we insist on is that the people that work for us are devoted to the care of the patients. And we have those people! So as the walls of the facility grow, so do the skills of those who will care for those in need.
How is this paid for? In the past, visitors have been quick to identify these special people and have volunteered to support them in school. Although the costs of advanced education here are not as much as in other parts of the world, they are significant donations to the people that receive them. And the results will be excellent care of the children. We would like to thank them so much for their contributions! Here there is a saying that education never ends.
Dennis Lofstrom, Vice President, Chief Operations Officer writing:
During the past month, Skyping frequently with Mary Ellen Kitundu, President of IHP, US-JEMA-Tz and with Selemani Shabani, our Project Manager in Tanzania. We have watched the progress of the construction of the outpatient department of The Children’s Hospital at Zinga. They have completed the footings and the foundation of the 10 examination rooms, and now they’re pouring the concrete slab.
Preparation for the pouring of the four inch thick slab has been completed and we are now receiving pictures of the progress as it goes in. The manufacturing of the cement blocks for the walls is ongoing and soon the masons and work crew will be putting them in place.
Once the walls are up, the emphasis will be on raising the $45,000 necessary for the roof of this structure and then the $15,000 for the solar panels, batteries, inverters to supply reliable constant, uninterrupted power for this unit.
We have also been working with Doctors Charles and Lynne Powell on the plans for their house so it will be completed and ready for them to move into as soon as they join us in Tanzania at Zinga.
We have also designed a staff house incorporating two 40 foot containers which significantly reduces the cost of construction. This unit we hope to have completed by the time we return to Tanzania after our fund raising here in the U.S.
We are now coming to the end of our first 12 months at the end of September. During this time we have seen many of you during our travels and we thank you for your hospitality and your support.
Many thanks for your hospitality and for your help,
Paula writing again:
Thank you for putting up with flurry of emails about the book Happy Stories. It is now #2 in the self-improvement Kindle Series division. They’re happy with the responses. There will be 7 more additions coming to your Kindle if you paid the $1.99 for the book at no more cost. When they’re all done, by Christmas, it will be a single book for probably $7.99, then the hard back will come out. Certainly we’re hoping the publicity from the book by Will Bowen will spur more interest in IHP and help us get this hospital built. Thank you again.
How do we know that God is leading the project? Because we see the hand of God every day as the work goes forward. Do we question? Not really. You are each the hands and feet of God every day. Without you nothing would get done, yet it is.
Do we worry about it? Oh yes. Constantly. We know that the 18 million children in Tanzania need specialized care and if we don’t get it done, more will die each day. But we also trust. We trust God to take this work forward, to speak to the hearts of those that can give, and that together we’re doing the job that needs to be done. We love. We trust. We show up for work. We’re waiting for that day when we start showing you pictures of children being treated at The Children’s Hospital at Zinga.
Blessings and gratitude,
Paula and Denny
Please note: The attached pictures are viewable on the normal monthly update page.
International Health Partners US-TZ