PATRIZIA Children’s Hospital Peramiho, Tanzania
The PATRIZIA Children’s Hospital Peramiho is the first project of the PATRIZIA Foundation: Together with the local Benedictine order, the foundation opened a children’s hospital in Peramiho, in southwestern Tanzania, in 2002.
Mike Tyler, patron of PATRIZIA Children’s Hospital Peramiho, Tanzania
“His visit to the Peramiho Children’s Hospital in 1999 touched Wolfgang Egger so deeply that he founded the PATRIZIA Foundation.”
Mike Tyler, patron of the Children’s Hospital Peramiho
The PATRIZIA Children’s Hospital Peramiho is directly adjacent to the mission hospital of the partner organisation, the Missionary Benedictine St. Ottilien. Children with serious or infectious diseases such as leprosy, tuberculosis and malaria as well as children with severe burns or malnutrition are treated in the children’s ward. In addition, pregnant women from the 3rd month of pregnancy onwards are examined and advised free of charge at the PATRIZIA Children’s Hospital Peramiho.
Renovation and conversion after 14 years of operation
Originally, the children’s hospital was planned as an isolation ward to help mainly children with pneumonia and tuberculosis. However, the past few years have shown that the ward had to be made more flexible. The PATRIZIA Foundation therefore renovated the hospital in 2016 in cooperation with architecture students from the Augsburg University of Applied Sciences, adapting the spatial concept to the changed needs and at the same time creating additional living space.
The architects were not only responsible for the planning, but also for the implementation on site – under typical African conditions. The hospital reopened in February 2017.
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Hilda’s tale of happiness
A joy shared is a joy doubled. This is also the case with Hilda: She wrote a letter to the PATRIZIA Foundation.
Hilda just celebrated her eleventh birthday. But she was even happier about the birthday of her brother Christian. Christian was born in Peramiho prematurely during the seventh month, weighing only 1,200 grams. Thanks to the outstanding care of premature babies in the PATRIZIA Children’s Hospital, Christian is doing very well today.
Hilda writes in her letter: “I would like to thank the foundation for the construction of the children’s hospital, where the life of my little brother could be saved”. Hilda herself has already been treated once in the children’s hospital. She goes to fifth grade, learns diligently and would like to become a paediatrician herself one day.
Erick’s tale of happiness
Erick is 11 and lives in Tanzania. He is just one of many children who can see clearly again thanks to the PATRIZIA Children’s Hospital Peramiho in Tanzania.
In August and September 2020, a two-week programme was conducted at the PATRIZIA Children’s Hospital Peramiho to offer children under 15 free consultations on eye problems. Overall, the hospital offered careful screening to 639 children, who also received help in the form of professional treatment. Where necessary, some were even operated on. The children are now delighted to be able to play again and do their schoolwork without having to worry about their eyesight.
Erick is one such child. He had been diagnosed with cataracts in both eyes, forcing him to drop out of school. The physicians at the PATRIZIA Children’s Hospital Peramiho were able to completely restore his eyesight with an operation. For Erick, having the bandages removed and being able to see properly again was a moment he’ll cherish forever.