Our History

Our History

Established in 2011, the HaydomFriends Foundation supports medical care for children at the HaydomLutheran Hospital in Tanzania. Built in the 1960s, the now 400 bed hospital treats up to 2000 inpatients annually. The medical care for the youngest is often severely limited due to a lack of specialist staff as well as the limited resources.

As part of a 2-year clinical assignment in the children’s and infant ward, founder Dr. Theresa Harbauer works closely with the nursing staff. In doing so, they encountered new challenges every day and struggled with limited resources. Together with the local nurses, a concept was created to optimize and improve the medical care of the children on the ward. In addition to the continuous training and further education of the pediatric staff, this also includes the addition of child and infant wards with important equipment used on a daily basis.

Haydom Friends has set itself the task of providing the children’s ward with important equipment as well as that of founder Dr. Theresa Harbauer to support Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus project. This enables surgical treatment of children with spina bifida and hydrocephalus in Haydom and takes care of postoperative aftercare, teaching parents about continence management as well as long-term connection of families to physiotherapy and pediatric aftercare in Haydom.

First working stay to Haydom Lutheran Hospital

8. January 2009

In 2009 Theresa left home as a pediatrician to bring medical help and new hope to the youngest patients in one of the most rural and poorest regions of Tanzania, who have no one else to ask for it.

Container for Africa

7. September 2011

Container for Africa
Collecting medical Equipment for Haydom-Lutheran Hospital & Leaving Wilhelmshaven to start working at Haydom-Lutheran Hospital.

The arrival of the Equipment at Haydom-Lutheran Hospital

1. April 2012

The arrival of the Equipment at Haydom-Lutheran Hospital
The arrival of the Equipment at Haydom-Lutheran Hospital, after a long journey the donated medical equipment finally arrived at Haydom Lutheran Hospital. New Monitors, some ventilators and surgical Equipment found a new home and place at the pediatric department. Thanks to all donors who have made that possible.

First Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Parent´s Seminar

13. July 2013

First Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Parent´s Seminar
For the very first time the Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Parent´s seminar took place at Haydom Lutheran Hospital. We have been more than happy to welcome the very first 8 families with their children that were operated in Haydom.

Crisis Situation in Haydom

13. January 2014

Crisis Situation in Haydom
This was a dark year for Haydoms kids with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus. After Theresa had left Haydom, the team struggled to continue surgeries and follow up care. There was a lot of foreign resistancy and the nurses have been left alone with kids brought to the hospital.

Revival of the Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Program

11. April 2015

Revival of the Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Program. With Dr. Nuwas as the new director and with support of the surgeon Dr.Hayte and the pediatrician Dr. Joshua who all had returned back to Haydom at the beginning of the year, the old team was back and recusitated the Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Project. They mangaged the first Clinic again and invited all the reimaining kids with hydrocephalus and Spina Bifida to Haydom.

Help For Emanuel Sebastiano

2. July 2015

Help For Emanuel Sebastiano
Haydom Friends e.V. is raising funds for 11 year old Emanuel Sebastiano from Haydom Tansania. The boy is suffering of a life threatening brain tumour that needs urgent removal. The parents are not able to pay for the costs and seek for foreign help.

Postoperative Hydrocephalus Clinic and Parent´s Seminar HLH

7. December 2015

From 07. until 11. December the Lena Wall corridor opened its doors again for an incredible number of 35 operated children with hydrocephalus and spina bifida, who came together with their parents to the post-operative aftercare clinic. Together and with the great support of Dr. Catherine (Tanzanian pediatric surgeon) and her team from New Seliani Hospital and the Haydom team: Dr. Axwesso and Joshua (paediatricians), Hendry (physiotherapy), Dr Hayte (surgeon), Suleman (anesthesiologist) and nurses Nuru and Sabrina as well as the Mzungu pediatrician (Theresa) conducted a clinical examination of all children and held many lectures and practical exercises for the parents, e.g. Catheterisation and handling of the children at home. Dr. Catherine and Dr. Hayte restlessly performed interventions in the theatre until all the children who needed surgery were helped.

ISMS mission to a remote hospital in Southern Tansania, Mchukwi

27. May 2016

In March of 2016 HaydomFriends founder Dr.Theresa Harbauer was part of the ISMS mission to a remote hospital in Southern Tansania, Mchukwi. As a pediatrician she followed a team of surgeons, gynecologists, nurses and volunteers to bring necessary surgical and medical equipment and medical as well as surgical care to a number of patients in a very remote area in tansania that would otherwise not have access to such services. The team operated on a number of patients that had travelled far distance to receive the gift of a second life. What the team has left behind was beyond only the medical equipment they have brought but to leave education and new trained surgical and medical skills will allow Mchukwi Hospital to continue such services for their peopel and to sustainably grow and improve their medical care and standards for all the patients in the area.

New Partner Child-Help

19. April 2017

New Partner Child-Help
With Mr. Pierre Mertens Haydom-Friends e.V. is gaining an important partner in the program. Pierre Mertens is the chairman of Child-Help International. With the support of Child-Help Haydom is getting shunts and catheters and material needed to continue the continence management and surgeries that are essential in the treatment for kids with spina bifida and hydrocephalus.