CHI Health’s Mission in Tanzania
CHI Health’s mission calls us to pay special attention to the poor and those otherwise lacking adequate healthcare. Since 2001, we have operated a health ministry in the Kilimanjaro area of Tanzania, East Africa. Our long term constant presence has allowed us to effectively choose the projects we take on and be successful in achieving meaningful results. In partnership with the Diocese there, we have supported major projects involving palliative care, creating/building of the Machame Orthopedic Surgical Center and the Machame Hospital School of Nursing. Staff across CHI Health have joined in this mission by voluntarily supporting Tanzania nursing students.
Another project is the building of small, dry, safe houses for the extreme poor who have health conditions made worse by abysmal shelter. Our Houses for Health program, also funded by donations, has completed homes for 138 families so far. Says CHI Health representative living and leading the work in Tanzania, Bob Kasworm: “An exciting thing about working here is how very much can be accomplish and so many can be helped ….with only a modest investment.”
This February, a small group of CHI leaders, as well as front line staff, led by COO Kathy Bressler, had the opportunity to visit, learn, and better understand our mission in Tanzania. A highlight was the laying of a cornerstone and a blessing of a new classroom block under construction for the nursing school.
Bob Kasworm has been with CHI Health since 1980. He has had administrative responsibility for many clinical and non clinical departments across the Omaha/Council Bluffs hospitals. In 2001 he did the initial analysis that led to the establishment and development of the Tanzania Ministry …and has led this effort ever since. Since 2004 he has been based at Machame Hospital in Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, Bob holds a Bachelor Degree in Medical Technology and a Masters in Business Administration, both from the University of Utah.