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Poles support development of emergency medicine in Tanzania

26.05.2024 11:00
In Tanzania’s largest city, Dar es Salaam, the Polish Center for International Aid has opened a training center where 1,800 doctors and nurses are to be trained.
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The Polish Center for International Aid (PCPM) has been supporting the emergency medicine sector in Tanzania since 2022. This cooperation is part of the "Polish aid" project financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Polish Ambassador to Tanzania, Krzysztof Buzalski, assessed that the project implemented by PCPM with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs responds to the needs of the local community. "This is a particularly important initiative considering the increasing number of road accidents and natural disasters caused by climate change, which are very noticeable here in Tanzania," he said.

The Ambassador noted that 15-20 years ago there were much fewer heavy rains in Tanzania than now. "Over the last 3 years, we have had several landslides, mudslides, ship accidents during storms, floods, and very strong winds. This increases the number of injured people and necessitates the improvement of the medical rescue system," added Buzalski, who has already worked in Dar es Salaam twice, first in 2007-2008, and now as facility head since 2017.

When asked about the potential impact of Polish development assistance on economic relations between Warsaw and Dodoma, the Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to Tanzania noted that the effects may also translate into the area of economic and business cooperation. In his opinion, the project brings not only those two governments closer together, but also provides opportunities for Polish entrepreneurs. As an example, he pointed to the production of equipment and services for emergency medicine.

As part of the current project, PCPM will also equip two medical facilities with rescue and medical instruments.

Tanzania has more than 18,000 road deaths every year, which accounts for 6 percent of all deaths here, according to the World Health Organization.