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President Samia to Cover Treatment Costs for 100 Children with SBH

The President of the United Republic of Tanzania, Dr. Samia Suluhu Hassan, will sponsor the surgical and medical care for 100 children with Hydrocephalus and Spina Bifida at the Muhimbili Orthopedic Institute (MOI).

Today, on April 21, 2024, the Minister of Health, Honorable Ummy Mwalimu, announced this initiative during her visit to MOI. This decision follows the successful initial treatment of 25 of 50 children funded by the MO Dewji Foundation.

President Samia was moved by the plight of these children and has taken action to prevent any harm or disability resulting from delayed surgery for 100 more children. The minister highlighted that the President’s decision was influenced by information provided by ASBAHT (Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Tanzania) on challenges faced by parents and guardians of approximately 200 children who require surgery but lack the financial means to cover the expenses.

“Honorable President Samia has instructed me to secure funds for 100 children requiring surgery for Hydrocephalus and Spina Bifida conditions, fully covered by President Samia Suluhu Hassan.” said minister Ummy. Minister Ummy also mentioned that Professor Makubi, MOI’s Director, should reach out to ASBAHT to identify these children. Within the next week or two, the ministry will allocate the necessary funds to cover treatment, surgery, and rehabilitation services for these 100 children, courtesy of our esteemed President, Dr. Samia Suluhu Hassan.”

In addition, Minister Ummy has praised the MOI institution for providing treatment for the children and the MO Dewji Foundation for funding the treatment of 50 children, while asking stakeholders to continue to come forward to help others. “I urge my fellow parents not to hide children with Hydrocephalus and Spina Bifida, but to seek professional advice by taking them to the clinic,” stated the Minister, emphasizing the importance of early treatment.