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Outreach program staff and school children

Outreach Coordinator Sarah Wallis and Outreach Trainee Nkambi

Dr. Murila & students evaluate a patient's xrays

Dr. Murila and staff in operating room

Child with skeletal fluorosis pre-op

Same child post-op


For many years Selian Lutheran Hospital has provided regular orthopaedic care to those in need. Visiting surgeons and generous supporters have made specialty care available and assisted in the training of Selian surgeons to do a broad range of the orthopaedic procedures.

In early 2006, Selian was blessed with the appointment of Dr. Johnson Murila as director of the Orthopaedic Institute. An experienced Orthopaedic Consultant, he came to lead the development of orthopaedic services at Selian, implement an orthopaedic training program and establish an advanced orthopaedic centre at ALMC. With the opening of the Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre, the Orthopaedic Institute programs now function in both hospitals.

Children in our community suffer from both congenital problems like club foot and acquired orthopaedic deformities such as the unique local problem of skeletal fluorosis. Skeletal trauma is a common cause of disability and burn contractures are also frequent among Maasai children as a consequence of open fire cooking.

The new Orthopaedic Institute provides an outreach effort to identify and surgically treat children afflicted with these and other skeletal conditions.
Click to see the formal description of the program.

Orthopaedic Institute Objectives:

1. Establish full time, specialist orthopaedic care for the Arusha and Manyara Regions of Tanzania

2. Strengthen and expand existing orthopaedic services at the Selian Lutheran Hospital (SLH) and the newly opened Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC)

3. Strengthen and expand existing Physical and Occupational Therapy services

4. Expand existing outreach services to find children in the villages who are in need of orthopaedic and plastic surgery. Click to see a slideshow of outreach photos.

4. Initiate community outreach to complement the existing services of our partners at Haydom Lutheran Hospital and Mwangaza

5. Provide a minimum of 200 subsidized orthopaedic operations for crippled children annually. Click to see the program brochure.

6. Provide long-term post-operative care for children whose conditions do not allow immediate return to their home environments.
Click to see Plaster House video (2012)

Support for the outreach programs, for corrective and rehabilitative surgery, and for postoperative care and rehabilitation come from many individuals and organizations. Major donors to these programs are shown below.

Wheatridge Ministries Outreach Programs is been a major donor to Selian's rehabilitation and outreach programs for crippled and injured children.

The Njokuti Foundation
in the Netherlands funds programs for crippled children in Tanzania.

The Rotary Club of Monterey, California in association with the Rotary Club of Mt. Meru, Arusha, Tanzania funds rehabilitative services for crippled children.

Dr. Steve Meyer and the Siouxland Tanzania Educational and Medical Ministries have provided surgical service at Selian since 1997.

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