GHI in Tanzania
In March 2008, GHI sent 40 Kellogg School of Management students and faculty members into Tanzania to conduct market research and product concept testing on point of care HIV diagnostic tests.
The research that took place was primarily focused on learning about the market for point of care HIV diagnostics in Tanzania. Students met with health care providers, government officials, international NGO representatives, distributors and others to learn about both the current state and diagnostic needs in Tanzania. Findings from these research efforts include a determination that infant diagnostic devices were judged to be the highest priority out of all GHI's HIV diagnostic technologies under development. The research team also gathered a great deal of data about the resource constraints in place in Tanzanian health care facilities. These results were transmitted to the engineers back at Northwestern to incorporate those factors into their technology designs.
Balancing Access with Accuracy for Infant HIV Diagnostics in Tanzania
Inspiring People from the Front Lines of Patient Care in Tanzania
DR. WERNER SCHIMANA, ELIZABETH GLASER PEDIATRIC AIDS FOUNDATION (EGPAF)
Dr. Werner Schimana is a pediatrician and has been working for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) since January 2006. His focus is the care of HIV-infected children and their families in Tanzania. In this function, he is involved in training and mentoring, care and treatment, and assisting the National AIDS Control Program in Tanzania on issues concerning pediatric HIV care. Before joining EGPAF, Werner worked for the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center (KCMC) in northern Tanzania, where he started one of the first clinics for HIV-infected children in Tanzania. This site is now supported by EGPAF.
Dr. Schimana trained in Germany but came to Tanzania in 1999 with his family. His oldest child has just graduated from the international school in Moshi. As they all like hiking and being out in nature, Werner and his family enjoy living in one of the most beautiful places in Africa.
GHI first met Dr. Schimana during the summer of 2007, interacting with Kellogg corps students, where he took Kellogg students to KCMC to allow them to see the current state of Tanzania first hand. The second interaction with Dr. Schimana was during the GIM (Global Initiatives in Management) Tanzania trip in March 2008. The drive to the EGPAF Moshi office took us along the now-familiar road to Kilimanjaro, where we were suddenly treated to the clearest view of Mount Kilimanjaro since our arrival in Tanzania. We stopped the van, hopped out, and captured the photo we’d been hoping for. Back on the road, we reached Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre, one of the largest programs funded by the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.
Afterwards, we were able to meet with Dr. Schimana were he gave his insights on our products in development and then spoke about the Foundation’s programs from a Tanzanian perspective, explaining the challenges of administering prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) and care and treatment services in a developing country. On behalf of GHI, we thank Dr. Werner for his time and insights.