An Ambulance for Africa – with gratitude to generous donors


Gilchrist Hospice Care has been in partnership with Nkoaranga Lutheran Hospital’s Hospice and Palliative Care Program since 2009 through the encouragement of Global Partners in Care, formerly the Foundation for Hospices in Sub-Saharan Africa (FHSSA), a division of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO). Our goal has been to support Nkoaranga in their efforts to provide end of life care in Tanzania.

When our colleagues from Nkoaranga visited us in the United States in April of 2013, we learned that they had no ambulance to transport patients from the villages to the hospital. Patients who needed hospitalization for management of their symptoms had to walk, take buses, or sit in a truck while it bounced over rutted, unpaved roads.

Since a traditional ambulance would not be suited to the conditions, a Toyota Land Cruiser was identified as an appropriate option.   Through the generosity of the Cole Foundation, the Hunt Valley Rotary Club in collaboration with the Towson and Towsontowne Rotary Clubs, the Rotary Club of Tengeru in Tanzania and funds raised by Gilchrist Hospice Care, we have purchased the vehicle.

The Land Cruiser is currently traveling by steamer from the Toyota plant in Japan to the capital city of Dar es Salaam, from which it will be transported to Nkoaranga. The estimated arrival date is August 23rd, 2014.

Nkoaranga continues to need our help. Our next goal is to raise funds for a palliative care wing at the hospital.

How can you help support our partner in Tanzania? We hope you’ll attend our fundraising event “The Circle of Life: A Concert for Africa” on Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at Central Presbyterian Church, 7308 York Road in Towson, MD. The concert will feature local musicians, the Gilchrist Hospice Care Music Program, and the Wasafiri Voices African Choir singing songs celebrating life, love and hope. Tickets are $10 and all proceeds benefit Nkoaranga.

To learn how you can further help, please contact Robin Stocksdale at or 443-849-8283.

To quote our friends from Nkoaranga – “Caring is curing!”

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