Category: Haydom

Let Positivity Roll – Inklusive Skating at Haydom Hospital, Tanzania

Let Positivity Roll! Haydoms kids with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus showing us there are not limits towards what you can achieve if you keep believing in yourself.

Loads of fund during our inclusive Skating Session in Haydom. Sharing the love and passion for skating and mobility together with the kids and parents was incredible.

Soon our House of Hope is also planned to have a special designed skating area for kids to practice their skills and tricks.

A big thank you to smallsteps-skatepark for their ongoing support and conducting the skating session and mobility training again. It was our absolute joy and pleasure having you skate with us.


Every Child deserves to be loved – SBH Follow up week at Haydom

Our kids with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus teaching us a life lesson – even if the road gets steep and heavy, don´t stop moving. It does not matter how fast you move as long as you don´t stop continuing your way you will reach your dreams.

We have had another amazing motivating follow up week with our children with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus and their parents at Haydom Lutheran Hospital. Education, practical training in catherization, bowel management and wound care and lots of fun on top.

Four new wheelchairs have been distributed, 3 kids received orthopedic surgery and clubbed foot repair to help them stand and prevent wounds.

With the help of many of you we had been able to come with a lot of donated shoes and gloves to help protect the feet after surgery and the hands while using the wheelchairs.

We have had a session on dental hygiene and nutrition just designed for the kids and – yes – we as well got to brush our teeth together with them as good role models under the african trees outside. Also we have had a special girls club only session to help them with using the catheter by themselves and getting educated about girls stuff to know.

The highlight of the week surely was the big inclusive skating event where everybody could show off on wheels taking those obstacles having great fun together. For children in wheelchairs it is essential to be able to use them correctly and not to be afraid to cross little daily obstacles with them. We are extremely grateful that this mobility training was conducted by smallsteps-skatepark Usah River again.

At last we could push forward the progess of the House of Hope. Now all drawings and permits are final and after the constructors agree on our plans we can finally start putting the foundation for the House of Hope and also a new future for our project and all children with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus at Haydom.

We still need a lot of your help and donations but as long as we move slowly and steady we are sure to reach our dreams to have the House of Hope finally built in Haydom.

Environmental Disaster in Katesh

Nearly a hundred people lost their lifes when an avalanche of water, mud and rocks came flooding down the slopes of Mt Hanang and buried the entire village of Kathesh and its  people underneath in the middle of the night end of last year. Hundreds got killed, lost their families, homes and relatives. The damage was devastating.

We have started a fundraiser for the people of Katesh to supply basic items for the ones that have nothing left.  Because of ongoing heavy rainfalls the journey postponed till now, but finally Hendry Tlawi, Physiotherapist, and Bryson Malleyeck pediatric and dialysis nurse from Haydom loaded a Jeep full of food, clothes and blancets and brought it to a central distribution point from where they will be distributed to the families most in need.

A big thumb of for our two Haydom Heroes and many thanks for all the donations that made this help possible.

Little Feet but big steps forward – International World Premature Day

One in ten babies worldwide is born prematurely. Less than 5% of them have access to neonatal intensive care, surfactant, ventilator support or incubator care.

Today, November 17, Haydom Hospital celebrates its tiny survivors and their parents on International World Prematurity Day. Wearing purple means showing responsibility and solidarity toward premature babies worldwide.

Haydom’s premature care unit was all decorated in purple today. There was a welcoming ceremony for the arriving parents and their ex-preemie babies, followed by lectures. Both babies and parents received small gifts, lemonade and cake from Haydom Hospital staff on their special day.

Everyone was celebrating life today.

By the way, a universally used simple non-electrical method of keeping premature babies warm, known all over the world, is kangaroo mother care – In this method, the premature baby lies skin to skin on its stomach on the parent’s bare chest wrapped only by a cloth. This prevents infections, increases the survival rate and stabilizes the body temperature of the newborn. For this we are still urgently looking for comfortable recliner chairs for the mothers in Haydom.

You can easily support this with your donation here.

Furthermore, we are still looking for funds for the purchase of:
1.) Foldable comfortable recliner deck chairs for the mothers during the kangaroo mother care (4 chairs for 50 Euro each)
2.) New Warmilus, non-electric infant warmers for newborns (100 Euro each)
3.) New Bubble CPAPs (500 euros for each device)

Let’s wear purple today and show color for Haydom’s premature and preemie babies worldwide.

It ROLLS – Kids Camp and Medical Follow up Week October 2022

After a short summer break, the time had come again and in Haydom it was time to roll – under the motto “No Bounderies” more than 60 children and their parents came to the aftercare week in Haydom.

Not only all bounderies have been overcome, but also hundreds of kilometers, whether by bus, motorcycle, wheelchair or skateboard. The focus of this week was on mobility and self-determination.

Together with the local team and Dr Theresa, the children were given medical care and the parents were taught the necessary skills in continence management. Special attention was paid to teaching the older children to catheterize themselves, which is an important requirement for going to school. Our little heroes mastered this under guidance brilliantly.

Then it got action-packed, because not only basketballs and wheelchairs but also skateboards, children and parents rolled over specially built ramps and obstacles. Under the supervision of two professional skaters from Arusha, who run a skate park there, and accompanied by music from large loudspeakers and lots of laughter and good humor, not only barriers were overcome, but also fears and a lot of prejudices.

Self-determined mobility and movement is extremely important for the development of every child. This is often denied to children with Spina Bifida, as many often do not own a wheelchair or cannot use it properly in everyday life. However, the fact that a wheelchair is anything but an obstacle and that it can be used to do cool tricks and skate at speed over ramps was more than impressively demonstrated by the kids.

In addition to the skating talents, there were also little basketball heroes and sports stars. Once again it became clear that sport unites and helps to cross borders, which often start in the head.

Together with the local team and in cooperation with the team of Smallsteps_Skatepark, a skate and sports park for integrative sports and integrative skating will be built here soon. For this Haydom-Friends e.V. and its partners are looking for more active sponsors and supporters to realize this dream. It has already come true a little bit when you look into the shining eyes and laughing faces our Haydom children today.

House of Hope – An Update

Finally the time has come – the papers are signed and it is official.

The land to build the center for Haydom’s children with spina bifida and hydrocephalus and their parents has been titled to Haydom Hospital and thus to our Spina Bifida Project.

Together with the lawyer and the administration of the hospital, the owner and our team we visited the property, which is located only 20 minutes walk from the hospital at the bottom of the scenic Mount Haydom.

On almost 4000 square meters a refuge for families and children with spina bifida and hydrocephalus will be built here very soon. The children and families will receive aftercare here and be prepared for their return to their villages. The house is also to become an important meeting place for parents, who will exchange information about the special needs of their children and encourage each other.

In addition to the house, a small garden is to be built on the property, where vegetables will be grown for the children’s own use and for consumption. In addition, an inclusive playground for the children is planned.

We are incredibly excited and look forward to making progress and perhaps welcoming families to the new House of Hope as early as next year. The contract was signed under a beautiful and old Baobab tree, there could not have been a more sacred witness than this shady giant. A colorful foundation stone was laid together to mark the beginning of the construction of the house.

International Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Day

Haydom Hospital in Tansania is marching for kids with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus on October 25th to celebrate International Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Day. Still every year hundreds of children get born with this birth defect, many of them die because education and medical Service are missing. Haydom-friends e.V is supporting medical service, life long follow up and awareness for prevention and early treatment.

New baby sleeping bags for premature infant unit

Hypothermia is still one of the leading causes of death for premature babies even in tropically warm Africa.

Because premature babies do not have sufficient compensatory mechanisms and cannot maintain their own body temperature, they often lose weight along with their temperature and suffer fatal infections. In the western world, incubators provide a sufficiently moist and warm environment in which premature babies can thrive. In countries such as Tanzania, the lack of technical possibilities often leads to the use of dangerous methods such as hot water filled gloves or hot water bottles, which often leak and lead to dangerous scalding of the sensitive skin of the premature babies. New and innovative solutions for temperature management of premature babies are urgently needed.

Haydom-Friends e.V. was able to take action here with the support of its donors and introduced the first non-electric and reusable warming sleeping bag – the Warmilu. Using an activatable heat pad, similar to the winter hand warmers we all know here, a gel in the heat pack is chemically activated by clicking a small metal plate and heats up to a temperature of 40 °C . In a special sewn-in compartment in the sleeping bag, it thus leads to a stable heat of 34 °C inside the sleeping bag over 8 hours, which is similar to the temperature in an incubator. By boiling the heat pack in hot water for 1 hour, it can be made reusable and reused over 100 times. No leakage, no burning and a power free low cost alternative to the western high tech incubator.

Haydom-Friends e.V. was able to finance 8 baby sleeping bags at first, we are urgently looking for further financial support to purchase more sleeping bags and especially more heat packs. Together we want to make the care of the smallest premature babies safer and better. With the new Warmilus, the survival rate of premature and newborn babies should be significantly increased, for this we need your help for a safe neonatal start into a safe and warm life.

Skill Training Haydom Hospital

The first few minutes after the birth of an infant or premature baby can be as life-threatening as life-changing.

Dr Theresa teaches a team of doctors and nurses of the premature unit and obstetrics  life-saving first aid procedures.

Together, they simulate scenarios of various birth complications and practice resuscitation and ventilation of a newborn in the event of an emergency. The team also learns how to establish safe intravenous access via the umbilical vessels, for which they train on real umbilical cords.

Everyone had great fun and achieved maximum success, so they are prepared for emergencies.


A new pediatric bronchoscope for Haydom Hospital

Foreign body aspiration is unfortunately still one of the greatest dangers and silent killers of children in the first two years of life. A peanut or a piece of corn that, once placed in the mouth, enters the deep respiratory tract, not seldom results in the slow choking of infants, who often do not yet have sufficient coughing stimulus to expectorate this foreign body. A valve mechanism often results in inhaled air not being able to escape. The lungs overinflate and small alveoli rupture and burst, causing dangerous air accumulation in the chest.

Such foreign body aspiration is an absolute emergency. Until now, Haydom did not have child-sized and small instruments that could be safely inserted into the airways of young children without causing injury. The children often had to be riskily bronchoscoped either with adult instruments or transported many hundreds of kilometers often without oxygen supply to the hospital in Arusha 350 km away. Most of them did not survive this transport.

Haydom Friends e.V. has therefore handed over a children’s bronchoscope with a special optic, financed by donations, to the Haydom surgical team. With a special optic, the surgeon can project the image onto a large monitor, which makes it easier to find the foreign body in the often very narrow airways, and with a special optical gripper, the foreign body can then be retrieved under good visibility. After the new pediatric bronchoscope was handed over, it was immediately put into operation and the OR staff was trained in its use. In the future, hopefully no child will have to die from foreign body aspiration.

Many thanks to all supporters and especially to the company Storz, which supported this investment significantly.