Gilchrist has established a deep collaborative relationship with Nkoaranga since the start of our partnership 2009. In October 2010, we sent an initial team of four to Tanzania to learn about their program; in February 2012 we sent an additional team of four clinicians for a follow up visit; and in April 2013 we brought three Nkoaranga staff members to the Baltimore area and to Gilchrist to learn about hospice in the United States. Most recently, a team of three Gilchrist leaders in the partnership traveled to Tanzania in May, where they met with leaders and supporters of Nkoaranga’s program with a goal to reaffirm our partnership and plan for further development of the program.

We anticipate sending a four-person travel team to Tanzania in late summer 2015.

Gilchrist visits Nkoaranga
In order for us to gain a better understanding of the people and the region, our groups spend time with Nkoaranga’s medical workers and volunteers, visiting patients in their homes, visiting orphanages, attending meetings at the hospital and attending religious services.

Nkoaranga visits Gilchrist
During the Nkoaranga team’s visit to Gilchrist, they learned about how hospice care is provided in the United States. They visited patients and their families at Gilchrist Center in Towson, in homes and in facilities. They shared their story through presentations to audiences of Gilchrist and GBMC staff and volunteers, as well as interested community members.

Gilchrist's Executive Director Cathy Hamel meets the Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania's Diocese of Meru.
Gilchrist's Executive Director Cathy Hamel meets the Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania's Diocese of Meru.


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