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About Shirati Hospital


In 1934, Mennonite Missionaries arrived in Tanganyika (now Tanzania), East Africa and settled in the Shirati area. The prevalence of malaria, dysentery, and tropical fevers required the early dispatch of a medical team. The local chief assisted in the effort by erecting the first huts for the care of the sick. Simple structures were erected and the medical services emerged.

Following the construction of the first permanent hospital buildings in 1953, a school for training nurses opened in 1960. The hospital buildings were expanded and remodeled in the late 1960s. With the opening of an airstrip in 1960, Shirati's relationship with African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) medical services in Nairobi developed. After the mobile medical units came the airborne services. Four to six times per year their planes continue to bring consultants and technicians in the various branches of medicine and surgery to Shirati. A well-equipped medical research laboratory has placed Shirati on the cutting edge in the control of malaria, tuberculosis, leprosy, and investigations into the current AIDS catastrophe.

Shirati Hospital developed in the environment of a mature Christian church. Expatriate doctors and nurses have worked through the years in training local personnel. Tanzanians now staff all areas of the hospital with several consultants present in supporting roles.

Dr. Bwire Chirangi

Dr. Chirangi works at Shirati KMT Hospital as a Medical Practitioner attending patients for medical and surgical health services as well as serving as Medical Superintendent (Medical Director). He has been involved for a number of years as a researcher in the “Saving Mothers Project,” is the founder and facilitator of a program with Maastricht University of the Netherlands to bring senior medical students to Shirati, and is a Voluntary Clinical Instructor in the Department of Reproductive Medicine at the University of California, San Diego. With Masters Degrees in Science and Public Health, his interests include reduction of maternal death, community health education and prevention activites, human & institutional capacity building, and playing soccer.

  • Shirati Nursing School

    Founded in 1959, the Shirati School of Nursing has been offering young men and women the 
    education and training for a career in Nursing and Midwifery, along with practical experience in the Shirati Hospital.  The vision of the school is to give education of high quality, effective knowledge...

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Remote Clinics

The hospital also operates four remote clinics to further serve the needs of the region’s population. These clinics are located at Nyarero, Nyangoto, Burere and Nyamasanda.
Children at a school in Nyarero Director Manager
NyareroThis Health Center is headed by a Clinical Officer who is assisted by a Nurse Officer In charge. The center has 30 beds and is able to provide many of the services which are available at Shirati Hospital. However the Health Center does not perform any surgical procedure.
Burere & Nyamasanda
These two centers are our smallest Health Centers with 10 beds each. Each center is headed by a clinical officer and provides only out-patient services.