The Weill Cornell Medicine Tanzania Neurosurgery Project was founded in 2008 by Dr. Roger Härtl. The program focuses on Bugando Hospital in northern Tanzania, a regional center that serves a population of 14 million people, and on the Muhimbili Orthopedic and Neurosurgery Institute in Dar es Salaam.
Dr. Härtl and his team train local surgeons to perform basic neurosurgical procedures using locally available equipment and
resources. His team conducts “hands-on” training of doctors in Tanzania, empowering them with a high level of expertise in the management of neurosurgical disorders and neurosurgical procedures (Wait and Härtl 2010). Providing the highest level of surgical training to these eager, talented surgeons impacts every other level of care—nursing, anesthesia, intensive care
treatment, general ward care. Setting the bar high encourages a positive response and team effort involving all areas (Härtl).
The core elements of the program include: