English Information: St. Walburg`s Hospital

Our partner hospital, the St. Walburg`s Hospital, is located in the south of Tanzania in the rural village of Nyangao not far from the Indian Ocean: St. Walburg`s Hospital.

The state-approved hospital faces many challenges – from too little financial resources and too few qualified staff over to problems with energy supply. Nevertheless, thanks to the tireless efforts of its 200 employees, 40,000 patients are treated there every year on an outpatient and inpatient basis. The hospital takes particular care of pregnant women and infants, because far too many mothers and children still die of preventable diseases.


Why are we involved?

Health care in large and important cities, such as Daresalaam, Tanzania’s largest city, Mwanza, directly on Lake Victoria or Moshi, the capital of the Kilimanjaro administrative region, is comparatively good, but the further you get to the countryside, the less quality you get. Already in the larger regional hospitals, the competence decreases continuously and the number of patients per doctor increases. In the district hospitals, such as St. Walburg`s Hospital, there are about 1,000 patients per hospital bed and two to four doctors per 200,000 inhabitants. Good care throughout the country is already failing due to the country’s poor infrastructure, lack of roads and poor communication facilities from the remote regions to the cities. The uneven distribution of financial resources is also problematic. 85 % of health expenditure benefits the central and priority hospitals in the large cities. However, these reach only 10% of the population. Only a total of 15% of the financial means, are available for the care of 90% of the population. An additional problem of the Tanzanian health system is the lack of personnel in the clinics. There would be enough trained specialists – 2,000 doctors alone are unemployed – but the Tanzanian state lacks the means to employ them. There has been a hiring freeze since 2015 – no end in sight.

St. Walburg`s Hospital has to struggle with all these difficulties and restrictions. Since it plays a central role in health care in the rural southeast of the country and is the only access point for about 1 million people, we would like to support the hospital in this important task in the best possible way.

The St. Walburg`s Hospital

The St. Walburg`s Hospital is a state-approved hospital (District Hospital) under the sponsorship of the Catholic diocese of Lindi. Every year about 30,000 outpatients come to the hospital – 8,500 inpatients are treated annually. There are 220 beds available. The 200 employees take care of those who so urgently need help with a lot of care and commitment. Most of the cases are in the fields of internal medicine, surgery, gynaecology and obstetrics, paediatrics, dentistry and ophthalmology. HIV and tuberculosis are also very common diseases in Tanzania, which are treated in St. Walburg`s Hospital.

X-ray and ultrasound equipment as well as a laboratory serve for diagnostics. The local pharmacy provides all patients with medication and a physiotherapeutic practice is available for the treatment of physical ailments.

The History

In 1947, the Missionary Benedictine Sisters of Tutzing founded a small infirmary in Nyangao. When Sister Dr. Thekla Stinnesbeck took over the small infirmary in Nyangao on 15 August 1958, it was not yet foreseeable that this would develop into a hospital with 220 beds today. This is due to the unbelievable will and deed of two Missionary Benedictine Sisters in particular: Sr. Thekla and Sr. Raphaela. Sr. Thekla converted the dispensary into a hospital with 75 beds in only 4 years. Sr. Raphaela, who supervised the hospital from 1981-1994, managed to completely rebuild St. Walburg`s Hospital and expand it to 220 beds.

What we do

All our activities aim to improve medical standards in order to be able to do more for patients. Our activities range from employee training and development to financing jobs, purchases and investments in infrastructure and technology.

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