The Plaster House is a home in Arusha that enables children, from all over Tanzania, to recover after they have had corrective orthopaedic surgery, plastic surgery or neurosurgery for a disability.
Images with thanks to Shy Zvulun, Rachel Ambrose, Ron and Ingrid Eggert and Eliza Powell
The Plaster House programme was started in 2008 to house children for all pre and postoperative care and rehabilitation. From an idea, scribbled on a piece of paper, it grew rapidly – from its initial 9 beds – into something much bigger than we could have imagined.
Now the The Plaster House is an ongoing programme with up to 100 children cared for at any one time. Medical staff supervise the children’s care, whilst housemothers look after them on a daily basis.
The Plaster House now provides:
- Pre-operative health care
- Corrective surgery with access to orthopedic, plastic and neuro-surgery.
- Post-operative health care
- Outreach programme into surrounding communities
The Plaster House and Rehabilitation Programme is a project of the Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre.
AMHF has supported the work of the Rehab Surgery Program and The Plaster House since 2010, both with grants to cover costs of childrens’ surgery and rehabilitation, and with partnering with Watsi. AMHF also provides fundraising tools to benefit The Plaster House program. www.amhf.us
The Plaster House was established as the residential center for the Rehab Surgery Programme, a project of the Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC). ALMC is a hospital of the ELCT – North Central Diocese, established in 2008, it is the hospital where most of the medical care for our children is carried out.