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As countries strive to meet new health standards, economic resources are burdened beyond capacity. In many areas the Ministries of Health are not able to afford some of the basic, essential medications needed by the hospitals and secondary health units throughout the countries. The Strategic Medical Re-Supply program was designed to provide short-term relief to allow the countries to re-align their limited health budget to address priority health reform issues. By providing donations of critical need medical materials, countries such as Tanzania will be able to provide better medical care for their patients and, as a result of the savings to their procurement budgets, be able to divert some of their limited resources to areas of high priority health reforms.

History

Since 2012 Tanzania has been one of the countries benefiting from Project HOPE’s multi-country Strategic Medical Re-Supply Program. Through this innovative humanitarian assistance program Project HOPE ships donated medicines, medical equipment and supplies to hospitals and health clinics in Tanzania so that the limited resources of these health care facilities can be applied to improving the quality of patient care.

In 2013 HOPE provided an assessment of surgical services. The following year groups of HOPE volunteers traveled to Tanzania to train surgeons in advanced techniques at the Muhimbili National Hospital and the Muhimbili Orthopedic Institute in Dar Es Salaam.

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