Epidemiology of Pediatric Surgical Conditions at a Tertiary Hospital in Northern Tanzania

Pamela

Project member(s):

  • Pamela Espinoza

Faculty mentor:

Community partners:

  • Happiness Duncan
    Prisca Stephano

Epidemiology of Pediatric Surgical Conditions at a Tertiary Hospital in Northern Tanzania

Project overview

Surgical care is a foundational element of a well-functioning health system and plays a crucial role in global child health. For children, surgical care is key to treating a wide spectrum of conditions that range from congenital conditions to injuries and cancer treatment. However, it is estimated that 1.7 billion children around the world lack access to safe and affordable surgical care when needed. Lack of access is predominantly evident in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), where 1.1 billion of the children without access to surgical care live.

The goal of this study is to assess the epidemiology and outcomes of all pediatric surgical procedures performed over one year at the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (KCMC), Tanzania. We conducted a medical chart review of 2042 patients across all departments at KCMC. With this data, we aim to understand the distribution of surgical disease and outcomes of children who are reaching surgical care at KCMC while also identifying those who are missing. Through these efforts, we can identify vulnerable groups among the pediatric population and advocate for strategic policies aimed at strengthening pediatric surgical care in Tanzania.

Project poster

Last updated on October 25, 2023