The New Norwegian Ambassador to Tanzania, Elisabeth Jacobsen visited Haydom Lutheran hospital on 5th – 6th October. This was just one day after submitting her credentials to the President of Tanzania at State house in Dar es Salaam.
Being her first time to visit the hospital, she was joined by the NCA Tanzania Country Director, Ms. Gweneth Berge, and Bishop Ingeborg Midttømme, NCA Board member both of them arrived at Haydom one day earlier.
Upon her arrival she was welcomed by the hospital’s Managing Medical Director, Dr Emanuel Q. Nuwass, and jointly with him they made a comprehensive hospital tour, including a briefing of the Research Centre and the nursing institute, HIHS. Thereafter she addressed the hospital’s Board Members and gave a brief speech. She commended the good work done by the hospital, encouraged focus on sustainability and underlined, due to its uniqueness and values, the reliability of the hospital compared to others health institutions. She also committed the Government of Norway to continue collaborating and supporting HLH in the future.
In the afternoon the Ambassador had a meeting with the Core Administrative Team (CAT) of the hospital, where she was briefed about the hospital’s general operations, ongoing research programs and collaborators. She was also updated on the status of the new grant application to the embassy and the suggested way forward.
The Ambassador remarked and applauded quality of services and the good work being done by the hospital, despite challenges of resources. She further insisted on upholding the core values of this hospital which makes it distinctive from other hospitals..
The following day she visited some projects under the cultural program, 4CCP, and participated in their annual festival. – She expressed her inspiration of watching the event, a platform bringing people together from difference traditions, cultures and communities around, for sharing experience on good practices on economic empowerment, health education and how to becoming good citizens.
At the end, the Bishop Ingeborg Midttømme added a note saying; “This shows we are all children of God and let’s love each other and support each other for our wellbeing”.