The Management Board of Tumiani la Maisha

'Tumaini la Maisha' (TLM TZ) manages all the operations and programmes related to children's cancer, funded by the initiatives of the group 'We Are TLM'. There are 4 board members:


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Mrs Blandina Lugendo is the founding member of the board of TLM Tanzania. She is a marine ecologist by profession, working as a Lecturer at the Department of Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries - University of Dar es Salaam. 

Mr Gerald Mongella is a founding board member and the Chairperson. Gerald is a respected member of the business community in Tanzania. He has expertly steered the board and TLM in general through the many complex management and operational challenges that face any start up organisation.

Dr Trish Scanlan is a founding board member as well as an Irish Paediatric oncologist who has lived and worked in Tanzania since 2007. See here to learn about the work done in Tanzania.

Mrs Saira Dewji is a member of our board. She was born and raised in Dar es Salaam although she has been educated in both India (high school) and the USA (BA in marketing). She is a mother of three beautiful children and feels blessed and compelled to reach out to children who are less fortunate. She is a dynamic addition to the team and has taken the lead in the field of fundraising and donations in kind for the children. 

Julius Mwaisalage is a new member of the Board and is the Executive Director of the Ocean Road Cancer Institute (ORCI). 

Dr. Ntuli Malecela Mwele is another new board member

Thank you to our former board member


We would also like to thank Mr Matthew Banks, of Children in Crossfire, who was a founding board member until he left Tanzania. He was key to founding and registering Tumaini la Maisha as an NGO in Tanzania and we remain grateful to him for all his efforts.


We Are TLM

TLM is a Tanzanian based NGO dedicated in providing free and curative care for all children with cancer in Tanzania

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