The first MMM Sisters arrived in Tanzania in 1947 and worked in a rural dispensary at Tlawi, high on the wall of the Great Rift Valley. In 1956 they moved further south to a semi-desert area called Makiungu where they developed a rural hospital. It is staffed by a multi-cultural community of MMM Sisters from Malta,Tanzania, and Nigeria as well as two hundred local health workers.
Makiungu, right in the center of the country, is about twenty-five kilometers from the town of Singida, where an eighteen-person team is running the 'Faraja' Centre. This provides a comprehensive range of services for persons affected by HIV/AIDS and an outreach education programme to prevent spread of the virus.
We also run a health centre at Nangwa, among the Barabaig people. This includes outreach services in community-based healthcare in seven surrounding villages in our assigned catchment area, with a radius of forty kilometers.
At Ngaramtoni, about fifteen kilometers north of Arusha, we have a primary care outreach programme and promote indigenous knowledge of appropriate local treatments.
In Dar es Salaam, Tanzania's capital city, Sister Margaret Hogan teaches psychology at Muhimbili University and works closely with Muhimbili Hospital.
"Teach my people commitment." That was the plea made to MMM by the legendary President of Tanzania, Julius Nyerere, when he visited our Motherhouse in Ireland many years ago. He had also visited our hospital at Makiungu.
It is now over one hundred years since the first Christians reached Singida. MMMs have been there since 1954 and have many stories to tell.
To view of a copy of Faraja Centre, Tanzania, Annual Report 2012 >>> here. (Pdf)
MMMs in Tanzania are involved in:
- General hospital services and basic health care
- HIV/AIDS programmes and palliative care
- Psychological services
- Infusion preparation unit
- Still with us: HIV/AIDS in Singida
- Providing a staff hostel in Tanzania
- Building a Home among the Lera Trees
- Clean environment award
- Elders guard oral history of Makiungu
- Amputation avoided with natural remedies
- Little Petro's Journey to Recovery
- Washing the tears of AIDS
- Makiungu Hospital Tanzania
- Joseph Aweda dreams of Technology Development Centre Tanzania
- Reproductive & Child Health, Nangwa, Tanzania
- Tackling AIDS Faraja Center Tanzania
- Seed for sowing