March 7th, 2012

Addressing Shortage of High-Level Disinfectants in Tanzania


From Dan Scavilla, WW Vice President Finance,CFO  Advanced Sterilization Products

The reason I choose to work in the healthcare industry is the opportunity to help improve patient care and worker safety around the world, especially in developing countries where help is needed most. Advanced Sterilization Products (ASP), the operating company I work for, focuses on products for infection prevention for patients and their families, healthcare workers, providers and communities. That’s why I am proud to share the news about how ASP is making a big difference in the country of Tanzania in eastern Africa.

Through the Johnson & Johnson Corporate Contributions program, ASP has made a commitment to donate a supply of effective high-level disinfectant to Bugando Medical Centre in Mwanza, Tanzania, for the next three years. This teaching hospital employs about 2,000 workers and serves a community of 14 million people, but due to frequent local shortages of high-level disinfectants for reprocessing medical instruments, the hospital has struggled to deliver timely patient procedures and ensure a safe work environment. In August 2011, in partnership with the AmeriCares humanitarian organization, ASP delivered the first of many shipments of donated CIDEX® Activated Dialdehyde Solution to help the hospital operate more efficiently and safely.

These donations have significantly improved the hospital’s instrument reprocessing, especially in the Operating Theater, Intensive Care and Endoscopy units. For example, the hospital is now able serve twice as many Endoscopy patients each week. According to Dr. Mheta, the head of Endoscopy at the hospital, “This donation of CIDEX® [Activated Dialdehyde Solution] is very important to our unit … our schedule will not be interrupted by the erratic supply of disinfectants.”

One patient who has already benefitted from this donation is Pilly Limanya, a 40-year-old teacher who suffered from epigrastric pain for six months. Thanks to the arrival of disinfectant from ASP, Pilly was able to have the procedure needed to diagnose her condition a full month ahead of schedule. Pilly said, “Now that I have received my treatment earlier than the original appointment, I will be able to go back to my work.”

ASP’s donations will continue helping Bugando Medical Centre to effectively serve its patients and protect its workers in the years to come. This is just one of many examples of corporate kindness that I have seen within ASP and Johnson & Johnson, and I feel proud to be part of an organization that truly delivers on its commitment to the global community.

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