14th Annual Benefit for the Ilula Hospital & Nursing School

Save the Date!

Sunday, April 24, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (CDT)

Eagan Community Center (map)

1501 Central Pkwy
Eagan, MN 55121

Annual gathering to hear updates from Ilula and the new Nursing School that started this year.  Proceeds from tonight's event will be dedicated to the purchase and installation of an x-ray machine at the Ilula Hospital.

The Evening

  • 6:00 PM Music, Wine & Hors D'oeuvres
  • 7:30 PM Program and Live Auction
  • 8:15 PM Dessert and Coffee

Register on Eventbrite with this link.

Eventbrite - 14th Annual Benefit for the Ilula Hospital & Nursing School


Write a check payable to “Shoulder to Shoulder” with “Annual Benefit” noted in the memo line. Checks should be mailed to:

Shoulder to Shoulder
1430 Appaloosa Trail
Eagan, MN 55122

When paying by check, please include:

  1. The name of each person attending.
  2. An email address, if applicable, so we can send you an email confirmation.


The third annual Minnesota-Ilula International medical conference was held in Iringa in January 2016. This two-day event was organized by John Kvasnicka, MD and Dr Mufwimi Saga MD.  Leadership teams consisting of physician,, nursing,  pharmacy and administrative leaders from each of 28 hospitals in the southern zone of Tanzania attended. The afternoon of the second day was devoted to quality improvement topics. Each leadership team developed a quality improvement project that they would like to implement at their hospital and reported their plans to the group for feedback.

Ilula Nursing School Opens

The Ilula Nursing School opened November 2015 with thirteen students. Students are placed at the school by the Tanzania government and come from as far away as Dar Es Salaam.  A standard curriculum is provided by the Tanzania government.  Tuli Hingi, whose nursing education degree was sponsored by Shoulder to Shoulder, provides a significant amount of the didactic teaching.  During our January trip several visiting health care professionals, including University of Minnesota  nursing professor, Jeanne Pfeifer, infection control specialist Stephanie Homuth, and Kari Hurley, RN were guest lecturers.


The sixth annual multidisciplinary global health medical education trip was conducted in January and February 2016. This trip, coordinated by Ken Olson, MD brings University of Minnesota medical students, pharmacy students, nurses, and family medicine residents together to study global health at the Ilula Hospital and nursing school.  This year, two University of Minnesota  Masters of Health Administration students accompanied the trip and provide perspective on health care administration challenges in the developing world. Mentored by Cindy Wilke, founder of Global Health Administration Partners (GHAP) the students conducted several projects and helped teach the basics of quality improvement at the annual Minnesota-Ilula International Medical Conference.

Ilula Friends Trip Blog

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