No animals on this safari!
Every month, MAF flies a three-day to serve patients in six remote clinics in northern Tanzania.
A medical safari occurs when MAF flies teams of doctors and nurses to isolated and difficult-to-reach villages. They stay for a few days, treat the patients who turn up at the clinics, then fly home again. MAF runs the Haydom safari every month, with roughly 350 people seeking medical treatment.
The MAF medical safari service is very reliable and, with limited access to health clinics, and doctors elsewhere, many people travel more than 30 miles from their home village reach one of the six places where the Haydom safaris take place.
On one safari flight in October last year, MAF Pilot Kirstein Combrink flew five medics from Haydom Lutheran Hospital. Kirstein says that, once he landed, he helped the team by filling in patient record cards, so the doctors could focus on treating people rather than paperwork.
The doctors and nurses provide services such as pregnancy check-ups and vaccinations for mothers and their babies. ‘It was a busy day,’ explains Kirstein, ‘but it’s nice to know that we managed to help the 350 people who showed up.’