Witnessing the FCCT difference
My recent trip to Tanzania allowed me to witness the FCCT difference and confirm that the funds being raised are going to a good cause. It was clear to me that FCCT is a catalyst for change and hope.
Although I have been to Tanzania several times, I had not been to the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (KCMC) or the Cancer Care Centre (CCC) on that campus where the buildings have been funded by FCCT. I was struck by the sheer size and scale of the campus, as well as the scope of the activity.
KCMC is a referral hospital for over 15 million people in Northern
Tanzania. It is located in the foothills of the snowcapped, Mount Kilimanjaro. KCMC was opened in 1971 by the Good Samaritan Foundation, which raised significant funds to build the complex and purchase necessary medical equipment. The facility offers a wide range of services.
Considering its humble beginnings, I was amazed to learn that KCMC cares for as many as 800 patients each day. While the facility offers a wide range of services, FCCT has been able to support KCMC in offering cancer care services, which was not possible in the past.
I found the Cancer Care Centre (CCC) to be bustling with activity. Patients often travel long distances to receive care and it is common for them to arrive early for their appointment even if they’d have to wait. A cultural contrast from what most in the Western world would be willing to tolerate.
The staff made an impression on me as well. I could see their dedication and it was clear that a talented team of caregivers has been assembled. The teamwork was obvious as they worked together to problem-solve and provide care.
The lab has made great strides in its ability to provide services needed by the CCC. Dr. Yvonne Datta, Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology, Oncology and Transplantation, University of Minnesota, accompanied me on the CCC tour. She was ‘excited about the improvements in pathology, which are crucial for cancer care.’ Her observations will be highlighted in more detail in the upcoming FCCT newsletter.
I think back to the opening of the Cancer Care Centre and Infusion Centre in December of 2016, and am in awe by what has been accomplished. There was a high demand for services from the start and the need continues to increase as the community sees an option for treatment that was not there in the past.
As we continue to raise the visibility of the FCCT mission and the successful expansion of the Cancer Care Centre, we’ve demonstrated our credibility and are engaging equally passionate partners.
Together we can do more!
President and CEO