The Mwadui Hospital at Williamson

The Mwadui Hospital at Williamson

The Williamson mine is based in Mwadui, a rural town southeast of Mwanza in the Shinyanga province of northern Tanzania. The Mwadui Hospital was established by the Williamson mine in the 1950s to provide comprehensive medical services free of charge to Williamson employees and their families. In addition, the hospital also services members of the surrounding community at a nominal cost. Since inception, the Mwadui Hospital has been considered one of the finest medical facilities to be found anywhere in Tanzania.

The hospital is fully equipped for small to medium surgical procedures and includes a pharmacy, reproductive health facility, outpatient department, laboratory, x-ray and mortuary. The facility services between 400 and 600 people on a monthly basis.

In addition, the hospital has been designated to pilot various health programmes in conjunction with the Tanzanian Government and the relevant NGOs. The programmes include mother and child health, malaria prevention, HIV/AIDS voluntary counselling and testing (VCT) and the provision of antiretrovirals (ARVs). These services are provided free of charge to Mwadui and the contiguous communities.

The majority of the ailments treated at the hospital are malaria and gastrointestinal disorders, such as diarrhea. On arrival at the hospital, a patient is first registered then sent to the relevant department for treatment.

Petra is very proud of its association with the Mwadui Hospital and its important contribution to the wellbeing of the local community.