Fixes in Moshi, KCMC and Mawenzi


The last couple of weeks have been stuffed with interesting fixes and great experiences in Moshi, KCMC and Mawenzi, Here are some of my favourite photos.

Charging batteries

Goodmorning-battery charge for a paediatric pulse-oximeter:

9 volts / 250 ohm resistor , charging with approximately 40-50 miliamps, yielding charging rate of about 1/20.

Educating, teaching and building parts

Some pictures from a great day in Moshi: We fixed an infant warmer, taught nurses how to use the manual suction pump and made new parts for infant incubator with assistance from the orthopedics/prothsis department.

1: KJ is teaching a nurse at the female medical ward how to use the manual suction pump – which was suprisingly challenging, not just for the locals, but also for us (had to read the manual…)

2: Samson from the orthopaedic department at KCMC is preparing a new piece for an infant incubator that we have been working on.

3: The KCMC has a whole department for creating prothesis – the department is actually a Danida donation from the 70, where approx. 70 danes came to Moshi to do development work.

4: We were (here KJ) teaching one nurse from each department of Mawenzi how to use the manual suctionpumpt. The main points are to put water around the lid to close it tightly and fold the tube for vacuum.

5: Nurse is bringing back the suction pump to the department – now working – this pump is useful whenever there’s a powercut or when the electrical ones breake (which happens quite often..)

6: This guy spent approx. 1.5 hrs showing me around Moshi as we were lookig for a diode that we needed to fix an infant incubator. People in Moshi are reallyreallyreally helpful

Moshi Means Smoke and Its Dirty and Feels Like Home

The first week at KCMC we were introduced to the steem system of the entire hospital. This is KJ next to an underground water-conainter and -pump. The engineering department first wanted us to find out what it would cost the hospital to change the entire oil-powered system to an electrical one. We had to explan that our scope was related more to medical equipment
It may not seem so but this was part of our introduction to the hospital water-systems. The water tanks were placed on the very top and the view from there was pretty great. Its not visible here, but for a few short moments the kilimanjaro peak was actually visible.
Idara ya Waguu (=Department of feet/legs) – the orhtopaedic department of KCMC has a whole department and school for prosthetics – was actually funded by danida in the 70’s – still one of the most well funtioning departments of the hospital equipment-wise.
I fixed this incubator..
… and was very pleased with myself.
The other day we were looking for some parts in town, amongst other a screw for a stethoscope. We were testing if the stethoscope worked on the street and a group of Masaai people passed us and wanted to try. The face of a Masaai hearing his heartbeat for the first time is amazing faces were priceless.
There’s seven eleven in Moshi … They’re open 24/7 and sell Chipsy mayaii (fries w. eggs) kuku(chicken), ng’ombe(cow), mbuzi(goat) and really great ginger ale and bitter lemons.
How to fix a broken stethoscope using a piece of suction tubing, stethoscope tubing and epoxy.
Every friday afternoon there’s an aerobics class and Mawezi hospital arranged by the physiotherapy department. Unfortunately few people show up… we did abs.
The view from our office/workshop at Mawenzi hospital. Sometimes Kili is visible. But its rare.
Saturday night karaoke. We sang beyonce/halo and Backstreet boys/I want it that way.
Sunset on the way home from work. The Kili is behind me.
mboga = vegetables matunda = fruit. fikra = genius