Mihoko Matsuda Nelsen, M.D. 1947-2018

It is with great sadness that we learned today of the death of Dr. Mihoko Matsuda Nelsen. She and her husband, Bill were killed in a small plane crash 10 days ago in Oregon.   Dr. Nelsen was an esteemed and talented neurologist at Huntington Hospital for many years. Her calm demeanor, deep knowledge and […]

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Titanic Tuesday in Tanzania

  178 Medical and pediatric patients at Kisongo Clinic, pediatric clinic at Azimio school, 8 life changing orthopedic and plastic surgery cases at St Elizabeth hospital, lectures at St E,powerful home visits, the birth of many new donkey ‘equitarians’ at Azimio, 35 spays and 85 vaccinated cats and dogs, beautiful murals to celebrate animal kindness […]

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Sunday, 4 February – Arusha, Tanzania

After about 30 hours of travel, Team Tanzania is now successfully ensconced at Moivaro Coffee Lodge in Arusha. Juggling over 100 bags of supplies and equipment went remarkably smoothly thanks to the help of the TSA staff at LAX and the adaptability of the team members. Trans Atlantic flight to Amsterdam was very smooth and […]

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Tanzania 2018-Soon on our way!

It’s an ambitious schedule, but with the incredible talents and passion of Team Tanzania 2018, the Phil Simon Clinic Tanzania Project’s trip to Arusha and environs this February will be a success. On the list are orthopedic, plastic, general surgery and ENT surgeries at St. Elizabeth Hospital, multiple medical and pediatric clinics at Kisongo Clinic, […]

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Traveling with Angels

What can you say about 27 people who will fly 30 hours, drag several tons of supplies in and out of land rovers, embrace the warmth and generosity of fellow Tanzanian colleagues, make hours of rounds in cramped hospital wards, make home visits in the bush, provide hours of excellent education and work tirelessly in […]

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A Dusty but Productive Week

It’s hard to believe we have been in Tanzania for less than a week. The medical and surgical teams got off to a brisk start and have been hard at work ever since.  Now that the dust is settling a bit (and, in Tanzania, that is more than just a metaphor), we have some time […]

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Surgery Screening and Scheduling

After a long, but uneventful flight (except for that unfortunate betadine leak-I think we left a brown trail from LA to Kilimanjaro) arrived at Moivaro lodge and greeted by our many friends. Up early today with the hornbills, a nice morning hike, then delicious crepes and omelets and back down the still bumpy Moivaro road […]

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Off to Africa

It’s been a busy year for The Phil Simon Clinic Tanzania Project. After our successful trip back to Arusha, Tanzania in February 2006, we gave several lectures updating our work here and in Africa. Our second annual fundraiser in April 2006 was a huge success thanks largely to the incredible talents of the children of […]

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Flying Home

There really are no words to describe the last thirteen days…hopeful, heartfelt, challenging, surprising, awe inspiring, tearful,joyous. We’re heading home (currently somewhere over Greenland) after a sometimes frenetic but very fruitful time in Arusha. This has been a trip of hope. The antiretrovirals (ARVs) have finally reached sub Saharan Africa and our now being used; […]

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Off to Tanzania 2006

It’s hard to believe more than a year has gone by since our last visit to Arusha, Tanzania. Once again, we are packed and ready for another trip to East Africa to continue our work in HIV/AIDS and our very special associations with the Tanzanian people and healthcare workers. Ten duffel bags are packed with […]

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