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Providing access to health care to people in need begins with protecting health care workers. As part of its Health Worker Safety Initiative, AmeriCares recently delivered a much-needed shipment of CIDEX® Activated Dialdehyde Solution and disinfection trays for sterilization of medical instruments to Bugando Medical Centre in Tanzania. This critical program helps to protect Bugando’s nearly 2,000 healthcare workers and medical students and the patients they serve.
The recent shipment represents the first of a three-year commitment from Advanced Sterilization Products, a Johnson & Johnson company, to provide CIDEX® disinfectant solution and trays for the Health Worker Safety Initiative. With its limited budget, the hospital often cannot purchase an adequate supply of the high-level disinfectant, reducing the number of patients receiving care by as much as 50% and exposing health workers to infection from untreated instruments.
Pilly Limanya, a 40-year-old teacher in Tanzania suffering from abdominal pain, was among the first to benefit from Advanced Sterilization Products’ important donation. She received her diagnostic test a full month earlier than originally scheduled because of the availability of disinfectant for the procedure. After receiving a diagnosis, Pilly finally got the treatment she needed for her painful condition, allowing a return to normal life and her teaching work.
Since 2008, the AmeriCares Health Worker Safety Initiative at Bugando Medical Centre has provided vaccinations, trainings, safety supplies and other vital resources for hospital staff and medical students. The Bugando Medical Center is a 900-bed teaching hospital located in Mwanza, Tanzania, serving more than 14 million people in the region.