Mbesa Mission Hospital

A rural hospital in Southern Tanzania

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Der barmherzige Samariter, Gemaelde am Eingang des Hospitals The entrance of Mbesa Mission Hospital in the Tunduru District, in southern Tanzania.Eingang des Mbesa Missions Hospitals im Tunduru Distrikt, im Sueden Tansanias The pharmacy at Mbesa Mission Hospital Die Krankenhaus Apotheke im Mbesa Missions Hospital
  • 100 beds, about 5.000 inpatients/year
  • over 30.000 patient contacts/year
  • 1400-1500 births, including over 300 caesarean sections/year
  • over 100 local, mostly untrained, staff
  • with an annual budget of about 400.000€

Mbesa is a village of about 19000 inhabitants in the Tunduru-District of the Ruvuma-Region in southern Tanzania.

The Mbesa Mission Hospital was founded 1959 by German missionaries. Miles away from civilization the hospital serves the poor and neglected tribes close to the Mozambican border. The service area comprises about 350.000 people.

Just as the ‘Good Samaritan’ the hospital aims to offer medical help and Christian charity to everyone – not depending on gender, religion, status or tribal affiliation.

Over 30.000 people seek help every year. Among the 5.000 inpatients are about 1.500 children under five years. Effective help is not expensive. A lifesaving caesarean section can be done for roughly 60€, treating a malaria infection costs only 15€ and a pneumonia needs only about 10€ to be healed. Unfortunately our poor patient cannot even afford these amounts. Therefore we only charge them a small fraction of the actual costs. Therefore the hospital depends on donations from abroad to maintain a high quality of care at low prices. To reduce the costs as much as possible all expatriate workers of the hospital work without a salary.

A major problem for the hospital is its remote location. It makes it very difficult to attract qualified local staff or to hold staff after having financed their education.