Special medical training in gynecologia – Dr. Kiondo
Since 2016 we support Dr. Kiondo by paying study-fees for his for-year course of residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the “Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre” (KCMC) in Moshi/Tanzania.
Tanzania has a population of 53.5 million people with only 112 qualified gynecologists working (October 2016)! Based on data from the WHO, in Tanzania maternal mortality was 398 per 100 000 livebirths in 2015 (for comparison: in Germany it was 7 per 100 000 livebirths).
Kiondo is happily married and has a little son. When his aunt died during childbirth, Kiondo was suddenly responsible for taking care of fife younger cousins since he is the oldest child of the family; at that moment he was still at secondary school. He quickly discovered the importance of healthy mothers, who can take good care of their children. This was his motivation to become a doctor and from then on he is fighting for the health of women.
After finishing medical school, Kiondo started working in a big hospital at Njombe, a small town in the southwest of Tanzania. Hospital staff noticed very fast his compassion for obstetrics and gynecology. Though he was no consultant, he soon was announced to be the head of the department of obstetrics and gynecology of the hospital.
Since the beginning of medical school, Kiondo advocates for improving medical health care of women and girls. Over and over he visited schools in his spare time teaching and educating pupils about safe pregnancy and birth control practices. He gathered women in parishes and churches and made them aware of prevention programs, which detect cancer at early stages. He took care of patients with gestational hypertension or gestational diabetes and did close follow ups on them even outside of his working-time. Kiondo loves sharing his knowledge with medical students, midwives, and nursing students; students from abroad, who come to Tanzania for a field work, sometimes ask for permission to get allocated to him in order to participate in his teaching-sessions and to learn under his supervision in the operating-theatre.
But Kiondo wanted to help in a more qualified way as a consultant in the clinical routine and he was keen on working with the Ministry of Health on a national level in order to improve health care for women and girls. Over four years Kiondo was searching for financial support for his residency in obstetrics and genecology, which in total costs 19.032 Euro.
Finally we decided to help this dedicated young doctor. From autumn 2016 until autumn 2020 we financially support Kiondo by providing him with a scholarship for his four-year lasting residency in obstetrics and gynecology at “Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre” (KCMC) in Tanzania. This scholarship covers both, study fees for residency and some costs for lodging; the total amount is 19 032 Euro (for all four years together). The study fees get directly transferred to the bank account of the university.
Like all our scholarship holders, Kiondo covenanted to share his knowledge free of charge with others at least once per year until the end of residency. Over the past years he discovered various ways to do so.
We are very happy to be able to support such a dedicated young gentleman for his residency. Tanzania will soon have one more amazing gynecologist, who advocates for the rights of women and girls, who fights for a good health care for them, and who wants to obtain change at the national level for the better.