Written by Phil Yee, MD
Gundersen Lutheran had the fortunate opportunity to provide care to the people of Nyakato and Mwanza, Tanzania. This was our first medical mission as an organization as well as for many of its individual participants. This mission trip was surgery based and the whole GL group utilized their talents to attempt a smooth operative experience for both the Tanzanian patients and the GL team. Over our 8 days of service, we concentrated on outpatient surgery as well as teach the local medical staff. As with all missions, obstacles and glitches were experienced but were resolved to allow for a successful mission. After the long days, the staff was exhausted but the patients’ and families smiles confirmed that this mission was worthwhile. We, in turn, were also taught numerous medical and cultural lessons from the kind and thoughtful staff of Nyakato Health Center. While this trip has confirmed the medical passion of the team members, we have also been humbled by the standards of care that the Tanzanian people receive at this wonderful site. We are grateful and honored to collaboratively work with the staff of this medical facility. Asante sana to all.