After serving various areas of Tanzania since 1993, W.W. Schaefer, MD, began work in the Kagera region, one of the poorest areas of Tanzania, to provide orthopaedic care to trauma victims and those who suffered birth defects who otherwise had no access to life-changing surgeries that would allow them to live healthy, active lives.
Over the years, Schaefer continued to provide equipment and services through St. Joseph Hospital in Kagera annually and began to train local surgeons and other healthcare providers in the area of orthopedic care, skin grafting and birth defect correction. He helped supply and introduce digital x-ray, and improved nursing care, and introduced modern equipment and orthopedic implants to the hospital.
Throughout the years, there has been a marked improvement in the quality of the lives Schaefer and other volunteers have treated and an increasing desire to expand services. Schaefer subsequently formed the Kagondo St. Joseph Hospital Foundation (KSJHF) as a 501(c)(3) in March 2016 to help fund this effort.