Emmanuel is changing lives at Temeke Hospital

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  • Posted on December 15, 2017

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Dr Emmanuel Seth Sarakikya

… Mine is a life transformed to make a difference and change other lives

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that the world will need an additional 10.1 million health care workers by 2030 in order that there may be universal health care for all.  Africa is the continent with the highest need, with a predicted deficiency of 3.7 million health workers by 2030. In particular, Africa has severe shortage of medical doctors.

The Tanzania government Development Vision 2025 commits the nation to providing ‘access to quality primary health care for all’.  With the estimate of 3 medical doctors per 100,000 population, there is a lot of work to do to meet the medical demands of the 56 million population. The doctor patient ratio is currently estimated at 1 doctor to 20,000 patients.

Temeke Municipal Hospital, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania is where Dr Emmanuel Seth Karakikya works as a medical doctor and administrator. As in most major urban teaching hospitals in Africa, the life of a medical doctor at this district hospital is hectic.

Emmanuel’s route to becoming a medical doctor was not an easy one. Born in 1987, Emmanuel lived in the coastal town of Tanga in the north east bordering with Kenya.  As a boy, he was likeable, friendly, articulate and self-assured. But the death of his father who held a respectable position in the Civil Service turned his fortune around.  Emmanuel was only six years old when his father died from chronic bronchitis. For many years, the mention of his father always brought tears to his eyes.

Emmanuel with his mum, Fidea (2004)

“I would like to say thank you for the support I have received from ACT.  I have come a long way; my words cannot fully express my gratitude.”

Emmanuel is the older of the two sons of Fidea, a widow who worked as a petty trader selling arts and craft in the local market. After the death of her husband, Fidea single-handedly had to bring up her two sons. They lived in 2 rooms in a house where common facilities such as toilet, bathroom and kitchen were shared with several other families. Emmanuel was very appreciative of his mother and at the time helped her as much as he could to minimize her struggles and pain. He even understood when his mother was forced to withdraw him from primary school, although that was one of the lowest times in his life. The headmaster had called her in and in his presence described her son as a disgrace because he came in to school in torn, tattered school uniform and because she had not paid his school fees. From that moment on, his only desire was to be able to get an education to help support himself and his family and transform their lives forever. But how was this going to be possible?

Fidea was introduced to ACT by good Samaritans, who were aware that ACT was supporting disadvantaged children through our partner, Chumbageni Assemblies of God. Emmanuel’s name was submitted for support and was successful. This was the beginning of the upward trend in his life. With ACT support, he completed both primary and Secondary School, the latter with excellent grades. Being top of his class several times, he gained admission to a top 6th form school in Dar es Salaam. It was there that he started thinking of becoming a doctor. But after gaining excellent 6th Form grades, he was torn between accepting an offer of a scholarship to study banking and finance at university, a three year course that could earn him a well-paid job on completion. The alternative was sticking to his goal of becoming a doctor, a low paid job in Tanzania and spending five years at medical school. However, his desire to help others and change lives won the day. He proceeded to Medical school and in 2014 he qualified as a Medical Doctor.

ACT has been educating disadvantaged children and orphans in Tanzania since 2003, helping to transform their lives for the better an enable them achieve their potential in life. To date 1,630 children in Tanzanian have benefited from our education and welfare support program. Many have graduated from university or obtained a diploma in their area of study.

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