Global Volunteers & Avante Global Outreach: Meeting the Healthcare Needs of Tanzania

Global Volunteers

Facility:
Ipalamwa Health Clinic (IHC)
Capacity:
  • 4 Maternity Rooms
  • 4 Sick Bays
  • 1 Delivery Room
  • 2 Examination Rooms
Location:
Ipalamwa, Tanzania
Equipment Sourced:
  • Patient Monitors
  • Defibrillators
  • Operating Light
  • Birthing and Hospital Beds
  • Examination Room Equipment
  • Infant Warmer and Incubator
  • Sterilizer
  • Medical Accessories

The Opportunity

Global Volunteers, a worldwide network of community leaders, locals, volunteers, and staff, is constructing a mother and child care clinic in Ipalamwa with the primary goal of eliminating childhood stunting through proper nutrition, controlling infectious disease, and promoting healthy behavior changes.

Ipalamwa Health Clinic opened on August 1, 2018 and features four maternity rooms, a four-bed sick bay, one delivery room, and two examination rooms. The new facility will help Global Volunteers achieve their mission to provide quality healthcare and education to mothers and their children for the first 1,000 days of life – from conception to the second birthday.

Our Solution

A major challenge for Global Volunteers was deciding where to source quality equipment, medicines and supplies.

In September of 2017, Dr. Barbara Morris, Global Volunteers Board of Directors Member, first reached out to Avante to inquire about medical equipment for the Ipalamwa Health Clinic project. She had received a referral from her brother, a plastic surgeon who had previously purchased equipment from Avante.

Avante worked closely with Dr. Morris and Dr. Mindy Lull, a volunteer team leader, to find the best equipment options for the clinic, while keeping the overall costs well below their original budget.

We truly would not have been where we are without Avante. (Avante) made it possible for us to actually start the clinic. We didn't know how lost we were until we saw the light of opportunity from Avante.

Mindy Lull, Ph.D, Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Wegmans School of Pharmacy, St. John Fisher College and Volunteer Team Leader for Global Volunteers

Avante offered Global Volunteers a prompt, turnkey approach to outfitting their facility by supplying not only medical equipment but also offering pharmaceutical options and supplies that fit within their budget.