Early this week, midwife Jackline Shirima left for Tabora for an intensive week of hands-on ultrasound training. After a bus trip of about 800 kilometers, Jackline finally made “live” acquaintance with Regina Namumba.
Until now, the contact between Jackline and Regina (due to the Covid19 restrictions) was mainly online and remotely. Now that more is possible, we were able to offer Jackline an intensive practical training on behalf of the Foundation with Regina in the hospital so that she can acquire more practical knowledge and skills.
Regina Namumba is an old acquaintance of the Foundation, a very experienced and well-trained sonographer with whom the Foundation worked fruitfully at the Mount Meru Hospital in Arusha. Meanwhile, Regina works on the other side of the country, at the Malola hospital.
Midwife Jackline Shirma was able to be trained as an ultrasound technician by the Foundation in 2020, partly thanks to your support. In recent months she has been able to practice obstetric ultrasound in daily practice at her own workplace, under the expert guidance of Dr. maeda.
Due to the restrictions surrounding Covid19, it was not within the possibilities of the Foundation this year to travel to Tanzania and offer hands-on training. That is why we are very happy that Regina Namumba has been willing to teach Jackline the tricks of the ultrasound trade. Judging by the first enthusiastic reports from Tanzania, it is an investment that is already more than worth the long journey.
In our future plans we see the possibility for Jackline Shirima to work independently within ultrasound. For this it is necessary that she has sufficient baggage to carry out risk selection and to refer herself by means of ultrasound.
As long as ultrasound training in Tanzania has been closed due to curriculum reforms, the Foundation’s focus will be on strengthening the knowledge and expertise of the current crop of – already trained – ultrasound technicians. We would be happy to keep you informed of the further progress of our sonographers!

Midwife Jackline on a trip!