Neurosurgery in Mwanza, Tanzania
Rollins School of Public Health
A young mother looks down with tenderness at her son who has just undergone the brain surgery that will save his life. The struggle is not over. She will have to work hard to keep the wound clean as it heals, and will have to make the difficult journey by bus between her remote village and Mwanza city three more times in the coming weeks, a tough journey even without a sick infant. She receives support from Mwanangu House of Hope, a Tanzanian NGO that combines rehabilitative and supportive services for children with spina bifida and hydrocephalus with nutrition education and advocacy for food fortification, working to improve the lives of children with neural tube defects and prevent new cases in the future.