Scholarship for gynecologist training – Dr. Nestory Mkenda
Since 2019 we have supported Dr. Nestory A. Mkenda financially with his further training to become a doctor for obstetrics and gynaecology (OB/GYN) at the Muhimbili University of Health and Applied Sciences in Tanzania.
Dr. Nestory started working as a doctor at Endulen Hospital in 2015. He has shown time and time again how dedicated and passionate he is for the well-being of his patients and tries to achieve, wherever possible, to improve medical care. We had the pleasure of working with Dr. Nestory on many projects of Endulen e.V..
A big challenge of his daily work is the care of women that present themselves with gynaecological diseases, such as breast or ovarian cancer, or the care of women with complications occurring during pregnancy. Even though the maternity ward was built and there are regular joint trainings with the TBAs and midwives, which has achieved a lot in the care of female patients, there are still women that have to be referred to other hospitals. Due to the lack of an obstetrician-gynaecologist at Endulen Hospital they cannot be treated adequately to date. The closest hospital is a 210km long and arduous way away in Arusha, which raises the risks of complications.
Ever since his medical studies Dr. Nestory had the wish to specialise in OB/GYN. Through his work at Endulen Hospital and the situation there, his wish had been intensified. As a specialist Dr. Nestory will have the opportunity to improve this gap in medical care and to provide a better medical specialist care for the patients.
His specialist training started October 2019. It will take 6 semesters, i.e. 3 years. Endulen e.V. supports him by bearing the costs of university, books and support with the preparation of the final thesis. The costs for board and lodging as well as travel expenses are borne by Dr. Nestory.
During his training Dr. Nestory will regularly give free courses at Endulen Hospital to share his newly acquired knowledge and practical skills with other members of the hospital staff. He will also continue his work on outreach projects involving health education, particularly in the area of women’s health, over the next three years. Following his successful further training and with his recognition as a specialist in gynaecology and obstetrics, Dr. Nestory has undertaken to return to Endulen Hospital as a doctor to continue to care for his patients in this remote region of Tanzania.
We wish him every success on his path and are sure that Dr. Nestory will do much to improve the health care of women in Tanzania.