Murgwanza Hospital

Murgwanza Hospital

Murgwanza District Designated Hospital for Ngara district operates under the Diocese of Kagera. Murgwanza Hospital began as a dispensary in 1935 under the Church Missionary Society. Traditionally missionary organisations provided the medical staffing and little local training was carried out.

In 1953 the dispensary was expanded to a hospital. Staffing continued to be recruited from missionary societies, with some locally trained workers as well.
In 1965 the government of Tanzania entered into an agreement with the Church. This move enabled the Hospital to serve as the Designated District Hospital (DDH) for Ngara District, in the South West of the Region of Kagera, North West Tanzania. The Hospital to this day remains the property of the Anglican Church Diocese of Kagera.

Murgwanza Hospital serves as a referral centre and refers patients to Bugando Medical Centre for specialist care that is not available in the hospital. In turn Murgwanza receives referral cases from nearby health facilities. Primarily these referral’s come from Nyamiaga (Voluntary Hospital) and Mabawe health centre as well as other Ngara Region health services.

The remoteness in location and the rural nature of the area has lead to difficulties in recruiting nationally trained doctors and other staff.
The hospital is committed to give employees chances for studies via in service training, workshops and seminars as well as basic professional courses and upgrading courses. This enables them to improve skills and knowledge and proceed in their career.

Murgwanza Hospital management continues to support talented students in formal teaching institutions to retain staff on bondage contract.

  • Murgwanza Hospital services an area with a known population of 335,000 people in a rural setting.
  • The hospital has both inpatient and outpatient departments.
  • The approved bed state is only 200, however occupancy rates at times exceed 100% and there are extra beds for those times.
  • On top of the 200 inpatient beds the hospital also has a 10 bed waiting house facility for pregnant women who live a significant distance from the hospital. Here women can wait until they deliver their baby.
  • The most common reason across all age groups for presentation, admission and mortality is malaria and pneumonia.


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Anglican Diocese of Kagera Offices Location:
Murgwanza, Ngara District, Kagera Region, Tanzania


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