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NW is a vzw., founded in 2009, to work together towards achieving optimal child health at Nkoaranga Hospital Tanzania trough innovation, education and exchanging ideas.

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It all began with a paediatric wing

In 2008, I, Tanya Van Braekel, left to Tanzania to work as a paediatric nurse in a hospital at the slopes of Mt. Meru, North-Tanzania, called Nkoaranga Lutheran Hospital (NLH). At that moment the hospital did not have a separate paediatric ward. During my 5 months stay the hospital staff and I made the first plans for the construction of a paediatric wing.

The non-profit organisation Nkoaranga-Watoto (NW), started in March 2009 with the aim of constructing a paediatric ward.

During 2009 and 2010 I returned several times to Tanzania to discuss plans, exchange ideas,… Local and Belgian architects, doctors and contractors helped to design of what would be the final plans.

In 2011 I left for a two years stay to Tanzania and in March of the same year, the construction started. The first patients were admitted at the newly build paediatric wing in September 2011. At this moment, the non-profit is still searching for ways to find a (local) paediatrician.

But the story continues…

In 2012 NW, in cooperation with Paul Spaepen (BLE company) and with the support of Rabo Bank, brought a generator to the hospital to secure a constant electricity supply during the regular power cuts in the hospital.

One year later, in 2013, NW bought a Toyota land cruiser. A local company in Arusha (a nearby city), changed the Toyota Land Cruiser into a basic but highly functional ambulance. Finally patients could be transported in a fully adapted vehicle.

In 2014, Sofie Albertijn, a friend and Belgian lab technician came for three weeks to NLH to work together with the local staff and to provide them with new lab materials bought locally in Tanzania.

The future projects are aimed at the personnel of the hospital. Through education, exchanging ideas and working together, NW wants to strengthen the capacities of the local health staff. A new adventure awaits, I leave May 2015 again to the NLH to work together to lift the hospital to a new level.

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