Roads to Life Tanzania, Inc. provides funding for the expansion and operation of the Songambele Health Center, which currently provides primary and emergency health care, obstetrics, basic laboratory services, surgical procedures, imaging, and an ambulance service. The existing facility includes a dispensary, a laboratory, a maternity ward, a surgical ward, and a 30-bed inpatient ward.

 

The center can treat an average of 560 patients and 110 inpatients per month.

Courtyard for the Songambele Health Center

Courtyard for the Songambele Health Center.

"Kituo Cha Afya Songambele" - translates to "Songambele Health Center"

Entrance to "Kituo Cha Afya Songambele" - translates to "Songambele Health Center"

Father Paul and Dr. Helena walk near the entrance of Songambele Clinic.

Patients waiting at the Mother Child Health clinic.

The Songambele expects to continuing expanding and purchasing up-to-date equipment. The most recent addition to Songambele involved a two-year construction project for two new operating suites, which opened in 2016, and a new x-ray machine that was first used early 2017. 

 

In the past six months, Songambele has performed 149 major and minor surgical procedures including 44 C-sections, 8 hernia removals, and 6 appendectomies to name a few.

Testing the new autoclave

Installling surgical lights in the OR

Setting up the anesthesia machine

Before the opening of the surgical suite, the Health Facility possessed very limited equipment and had difficulty responding to emergencies. Emergency cases were transported by ambulance to the District Hospital, a trip which takes an hour depending upon road conditions. Unfortunately, many patients did’t survive the trip.

 

Patients can now receive the emergency care they need when experiencing a difficult birth, emergency surgeries such as appendectomy and hernia and  for diseases including Malaria, skin diseases, cholera, anemia, worms, typhoid, STDs, AIDS complications, kwashiorkor, and tuberculosis.

 

Other common diseases are pneumonia, acute diarrhea, schistosomiasis, and malnutrition. 

Dr. Helena with patient.

Computerized intake and supply management.

Premature baby receiving care

Songombele welcomed Doctors with Africa Cuamm, an Italian body working to improve and safeguard the health of African populations, in 2016.  Dr. Paolo, a physician from Doctors with Africa Cuamm now provides HIV test and treat health services at Songambele.  

Pictured is the team from Italy, along with Father Paul and Dr. Helen of Songambele.

1994

The Songambele Dispensary opens in a rented room in the midst of small shops in a new area of Nkololo village. As a small clinic, the dispensary treats only a low volume of patients.

1996

After two years of building, Fr. Paul openes a new 14-room dispensary on St. Peter's Church property in the Nkololo village.

1997 

With help from locals, Fr. Pauls begins laying foundation for a 14-bed maternity and 17-bed inpatient ward.

1998

Songambele opens a medical laboratory to serve the new dispensary.

1999

The maternity and inpatient wards open and begin treating patients.

2008

Fr. Paul opens an 82-bed girls' dormitory in Nkololo at the local school.

2009

The Songambele Dispensary purchases a Toyota Cruiser to be used as an ambulance.

2011

With approval from the Ministry of Health, "Songambele Dispensary" is re-titled "Sonbambele "Health Center," with 28 trained staff members.

A new 1296 sq ft. lab and 830 sq ft veranda/waiting area open with improved equipment.

Southern Ellis, Master of Architect student from Texas A&M, visits to finalize his drawings for the pending surgical ward.

2012

New first class, state-of-the-art laboratory is granted B2 status. No other health center or hospital in the region has ever been granted this status.

 

The Songambele Laboratory is registered by the Lake Zone Blood Transfusion Center and becomes the only lab in the extensive Shinyanga and Simiyu Region to ever be allowed to give blood transfusions. Transfusions are a crucial method for treating malaria, the most common cause of death in the area.

2014

Songambele building crew begins construction for two new surgical theaters and 8 more rooms in the clinic.

2016

The two surgical wards open. Patients can now undergo various procedures, most importantly C-sections, hernia removals, and appendectomies.

The Songambele Health Center purchases a local patient transport bajaj (three-wheeler) for local patient transport.

Songambele opens a Clinic Testing Center for HIV.

2017

Songambele purchases and begins using its first x-ray machine for more accurate diagnoses and surgical approaches.

With donations from a private donor, The Health Center begins digging foundation for a new Intensive Care Unit.

The Songambele builders completed the Mortuary building in October.

The Tanzania Atomic Energy Commission approved plans dor an x-ray and ultrasound imaging building. It is now under construction.  Donations needed!!!!

Designation of a hospital brought many expectations. Construction and development of the facility is estimated to cost five million dollars. You can help make a difference. Your donation will help save lives now and in our future development.

Buildings completed or in progress are in bold. Thank you to all our donors!

As funds become available we will be building the remaining buildings in our site plan:

Songambele Hospital Master Plan