(July 27th, 2023)
Since 2022, Medipeace has been conducting the Sustainable Maternal and Child Health Infection Control Management System Project centered around Chanika Hospital, a public hospital located in Iringa Region, Tanzania. The project aims to improve the healthcare standards in the Iringa region to protect the lives of mothers and newborns. We had the opportunity to meet one of the nurses actively participating in Medipeace's project at Chanika Hospital and asked her some questions related to the project. The interview was conducted on July 21, 2023, at Chanika Hospital by Medipeace Tanzania Branch Researcher Choi Da-sol.
[ ▲ Joyce Mwampyate, Nurse]
Q. Hello! Could you please introduce yourself briefly?
Joyce Mwampyate (hereinafter Joyce): Hello! I am Joyce Mwampyate, currently working as a nurse at Chanika Hospital.
Q. Nice to meet you. Can you please tell me what role you play in Medipeace's ongoing project at Chanika Hospital?
Joyce: I am responsible for infection control in the Chanika Hospital project conducted by Medipeace. I write and manage the monthly infection control newsletter and engage in overall activities related to infection control with Medipeace.
Q. Medipeace is conducting training to enhance the capabilities of hospital staff as part of the project. Could you share your impressions of participating in the training?
Joyce: The training conducted by Medipeace has been genuinely beneficial to us. I recently attended an operational management training, which taught us about customer management methods. It was great to learn how to handle patients and has been very helpful in dealing with them after the training.
Q. It seems that there have been some changes at Chanika Hospital since Medipeace's support began one year ago. Could you tell us more about the changes?
Joyce: After Medipeace's support, hospital staff at Chanika Hospital have become more conscious of cleanliness, contamination removal of medical equipment, waste segregation, and hand hygiene. This is because they received thorough infection control training. I believe that if they had not received this training, many patients and hospital medical staff would have been affected by infectious diseases. Another change is that the number of patients visiting the hospital has increased since our collaboration with Medipeace began last year. We can personally feel that the health standards of the people in the Chanika region are improving through our hospital.
Q. From what I hear, Medipeace plays a significant role at Chanika Hospital.
Joyce: That's absolutely true. Without Medipeace's support, our level of health services would have remained far behind. Thanks to Medipeace's support, hospital staff at Chanika have received a lot of training, enhancing their capabilities and enabling them to focus on infection control. Moreover, the staff trained through the Chanika project is also making a difference in caring for patients.
Q. It seems that Medipeace will feel a greater sense of responsibility and mission moving forward. What role should Medipeace play in Tanzania?
Joyce: I am sincerely grateful for Medipeace's support and attention to the health of Tanzanian mothers and newborns. I hope that Medipeace can carry out projects like the ongoing Chanika Hospital project in other healthcare facilities in Tanzania as well. Most healthcare facilities in Tanzania are longing for better services for mothers, newborns, and patients, so such projects are greatly needed.
⭕ Chanika Hospital, which was established as a sustainable maternal and child health hospital, already had medical facilities and infrastructure but lacked proper training for medical personnel. This made it difficult to provide quality maternal and child health services. Medipeace's project focuses on building a sustainable infection control management system at Chanika Hospital. Key activities include infection control training for hospital medical personnel, capacity-building education, infrastructure improvements related to medical equipment and water supply, and establishing an infection control system within the hospital. This project not only improves maternal and child health infection control but also enhances infection control within the hospital and the local community. This is all thanks to the efforts of medical personnel like Nurse Joyce and Medipeace working together, and of course, it was made possible with the support of Medipeace donors. Thank you very much.
🚩 The 'Sustainable Maternal and Child Health Infection Control Management System Project at Chanika Hospital' is supported by KOICA and has been ongoing since 2022.