The Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (KCMC) was originally a private institution (mission hospital) with service to the northern part of Tanzania. It acts as a district hospital and is linked to the medical faculty of the Tumaini University.
The hospital performs about 1,400 cataract operations per year. The staff consists of five ophthalmologists. Next to the men’s and women’s wards, the eye department offers semi- and private rooms as an additional source of income. There is also a children’s ophthalmology department with its own research area.
Since 2009, the Eye Care Foundation supports the eye department of the KCMC Hospital in Moshi. The support covers training of junior doctors who become ophthalmologists and educating staff members in various sub specialties.
Several Dutch ophthalmologists provide educational support to the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre. The contribution of Dutch ophthalmic specialists adds to the creation of a scientific basis for proper diagnosis and treatment of eye disease.
Junior Doctors, coming from Tanzania and neighbouring countries, regularly receive training, along with textbooks and instruments.
At the end of 2014, the Tanzanian doctor Maro came to the Netherlands, at the invitation of prof. Dr. Mourits of the Academic Medical Centre in Amsterdam. This visit took place as part of the Teaching Support Program for the ophthalmology department of the KCMC. Here he saw orbital technology in action. He also met the management of the orbital technology in the Dutch setting. Read the interview with Dr. Maro.
The employees of the KCMC are very pleased with the Dutch contribution to the project “Teaching Support at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (KCMC)” This project provides doctors with better equipment and their knowledge increases significantly with the help of this teaching aid.