Tanzania, Africa

09TANK 97 - Version 3-MSr. Dr. Urbani, serves the people of Africa from St. Joseph’s Hospital located in Tanzania as a faithful servant of God and as a skilled surgeon. She, along with her sisters prayed for God to send them a surgical team to utilize the new Operating Suite with two new Operating Rooms that stood vacant. Meanwhile, in Port Saint Lucie, FL., a local priest, whose home was in Tanzania was also praying that Theresa Banks, Director of Light of the World Charities would decide to travel to Africa on an exploratory mission and ultimately, begin to provide medical/surgical assistance to the people in Tanzania, Africa.

Reluctant, because of the high cost, Theresa Banks decided to leave it up to God, knowing if it was His will, He would provide the money. Soon after, a donor offered to cover the cost to fly over an investigative team from LOTWC to Tanzania.

God heard this humble nun’s prayer and sent LOTWC across the globe to help, providing all that was necessary to travel to Tanzania once a year. Everything needed to outfit the operating room suite from overhead lights to sutures were solicited, inventoried, packaged and ultimately shipped to St. Joseph’s Hospital and Sister Urbani. LOTWC is not only able to provide doctors and other medical/surgical staff each year, but also trains the medical/surgical staff already living in Tanzania, allowing lives to be saved throughout the year at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

The Africa trip is different from the other surgical mission trips, in that each team member agrees to pay for all airfare costs and any extra excursions the team decides to participate in.

Those We Serve

  • Tanzania is in the bottom 10% of world’s economies in terms of per capita income.
  • 36% live below the countries poverty level
  • 45 % of its population does not have access to an improved water source.
  • Family income ranging between $46-250 per month
  • Single mothers and their children
  • The homeless, handicapped and mentally ill
  • Senior citizens with no family support
  • Residents of homes for children, youth and the elderly
  • The malnourished, undernourished, abused and neglected
  • Those who lack adequate housing
  • Those who live in remote rural areas, engaging in sustenance farming

Common Illnesses, Conditions and Health Risks

  • Cleft Lip and Palate
  • Insect-borne Disease including Malaria
  • Crippling Burn Scars
  • Parasites and water borne diseases
  • Typhoid
  • Yellow Fever
  • Cataracts and other Vision Problems
  • Malnutrition and Vitamin Deficiency
  • Urological Difficulties
  • HIV/Aids and other STD’s
  • Women’s health concerns
  • Hernias and Goiters
  • Skin Conditions
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Maternal Death
  • Infant Mortality