Earlier this year select students and members of the inland community were invited to a presentation by the Foundation for African Medicine & Education/Advanced Medical Care for Underserved Communities in Tanzania (FAME), co-sponsored by the UC Riverside School of Medicine, the UC Riverside School of Public Policy, & the UC Riverside College of Natural & Agricultural Sciences. Frank L. Artress, MD, Founder of FAME with his wife, Susan Gustafson, presented information about their program which provides advanced medical care for underserved communities in Tanzania. The effort is focused on addressing the very high infant and maternity death rates there.
The program team uses a large van as a mobile medical clinic and also supports a 24-bed regional medical center which operates in association with the nearby Rift Valley Children’s Village residential elementary school near Karatu, Tanzania. In addition to providing comprehensive primary care in its outpatient clinic and inpatient hospital, FAME provides services in surgery, maternal and child health, diagnostics, community outreach and education and capacity building. FAME is working to train local personnel as it simultaneously builds capacity to serve those in need. The presentation was followed by a series of questions, answers and further discussion regarding the health care needs of Tanzanians and the broader efforts of FAME. To learn more about FAME and how you can support their work visit fameafrica.org.
Header Photo: Dr Artress; Dean Deas; Susan Gustafson; Cynthia.Georgio, Director, UC Mexico Initiative; Roanna Edwards, Director of Global Partnerships, FAME