“If you want to improve medical conditions in a country, education is one of the most important cornerstones”, says a relaxed Akos Herzeg, sitting in the Deli, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management’s cafeteria, sipping water. From here it is just a stone’s throw to his operating theatre at Frankfurt General Hospital, where he works as a maternal-fetal specialist and fetal surgeon. The obstetrician has been studying in Frankfurt School’s MBA in International Healthcare Management programme for just over a year. Now he is planning his next project: A hike to the top of Kilimanjaro with several of his classmates and coworkers to raise awareness for maternal and fetal mortality as well as money for the Fetal Development Initiative, he is setting up in Tanzania.
At 5,895 meters above sea level, Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa. Its snow-capped summit is the silent witness of one of the highest maternal and fetal death rates worldwide. Despite increasing international and national efforts, the situation in Tanzania is still grave. “It can be difficult, to find efficient ways to help”, Akos explains. With the initiative, he and his team want to support the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center. It is the biggest hospital in the region and provides medical care for more than 15 million people in northern Tanzania and is involved in the education of about 1.800 medical and nursing students.