By Russell Hood
The Webster Progress-Times
Craig Bjorgum gave a presentation about his association with International Health Partners to the Eupora Rotary Club on Dec. 12.
In September 2010, he went on a mission trip with relatives to the East African country of Tanzania as part of Medicine in Action. MIA is dedicated to providing quality medical and surgical care to people in resource-poor/resource-limited countries with a focus on women’s healthcare issues, education and building/enhancing local capacity for sustainability.
Bjorgum, an architect with Belinda Stewart Architects of Eupora, offered his expertise to International Health Partners on a new pediatric hospital building. IHP is a non-governmental non-profit organization formed to facilitate partnerships from all over the world with Tanzania to improve health care.
He later served as team leader for the collection and staging of medical equipment and supplies donated from all over the United States for the hospital. When the supplies outgrew a storage unit, Plymouth Tube Co. let him stage them in a shipping bay until they were ready to be loaded in a container for shipping to Zinga in Tanzania.
Bjorgum said the hospital’s first building is near completion.