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Advances in Anatomy
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 940472, 6 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/940472
Review Article

Human Bodies Bequest Program: A Wake-Up Call to Tanzanian Medical Schools

1Department of Anatomy, School of Medicine, Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences (CUHAS), P.O. Box 1464, Bugando, Mwanza, Tanzania
2Department of Anatomy, Peramiho School of Medicine, Archbishop James University (AJUCO), Songea, Tanzania
3Department of Pathology, School of Medicine, Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences (CUHAS), Bugando, Mwanza, Tanzania
4Department of Library Service, Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences (CUHAS), Bugando, Mwanza, Tanzania
5Department of Anatomy, Faculty of Medicine, Saint Francis University College of Health and Allied Sciences (SFUCHAS), Ifakara, Morogoro, Tanzania

Received 4 August 2014; Revised 6 October 2014; Accepted 24 October 2014; Published 18 November 2014

Academic Editor: Luis-Alfonso Arráez-Aybar

Copyright © 2014 Erick J. Mazyala et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Introduction. Studying anatomy through dissection of human cadavers requires a regular supply of human bodies. Tanzanian medical schools depend entirely on collecting unclaimed bodies in hospital mortuaries. This method is no longer reliable. This study aimed at evaluating sources and profile of cadavers in Tanzanian medical schools and addressing challenges and suggests appropriate lasting solutions. Methods. Seven spreadsheets were sent electronically to seven medical schools in Tanzania to capture data related to sources and profiles of cadavers received. Only 2 out of 7 responded timely. Results. 100% of all cadavers in Tanzanian medical schools are unclaimed bodies of black population. Female cadavers accounted for 0–20%. About 9 days elapse before embalmment of cadavers. Conclusion. It is the time to jump onto body bequest wagon.