Sarah Friske, a Carroll Medical Academy sophomore, is collecting surgical gloves, surgical hats, and blood pressure cuffs for surgeons to use in remote hospitals in Tanzania, Africa. Her “Project Africa Surgical Help and Supplies” drive is underway.
Friske plans to deliver as many supplies as possible to doctors in Tanzania this summer while studying developing medicine and the bias surrounding Obstetrics and childbirth in tribal communities in Africa. These supplies will help meet the needs for safety and sanitary birthing conditions in remote hospitals. Blood-borne illness, poverty, and remote rural access all contribute to less than desirable conditions for these surgeons to help their patients achieve positive and healthy surgical outcomes during the childbirth process.
“In an area of the world where nothing is taken for granted, a clean pair of surgical gloves can mean a happy and healthy childhood for a newborn baby,” said Friske. “I want to thank everyone who donates to this incredible group of surgeons.”
Collection boxes can be found at the Carroll Senior High School classrooms of Mrs. Martin and Dr.Owen. Items in need include: surgical hats, gloves and blood pressure kids. Monetary donations for Tanzanian Hospital supplies are also being accepted.