Tanzania Episcopal Conference (TEC)
Chairman: Rt. Rev. Severine NiweMugizi
Secretary General: Rev. Fr. Pius Rutechura
Address: Catholic Secretariat
Tanzania Episcopal Conference
P.O. Box 2133, Kurasini, Dar es Salaam
Tel: 255 22 2851075/9
Fax: 255 22 2851133/2850295
Website: http.members. tripod.com
Health Department (HD)
Chairman: Rt. Rev. A. Balina
Executive Secretary Dr. A. Hokororo
Centre for Mentally
Retarded Children 1
Bugando Medical Centre
Centre for Mentally
1. St. Augustine University
2. TEC Oldeani Farm
Address: Bugando Medical Centre, P.O. Box 1370, Mwanza
District and Region: Mwanza District, Mwanza Region
Tel: 028 (068) 1 60410
Fax: 028 1 42392
A Zonal Consultant and teaching hospital which is owned by the Tanzania Episcopal Conference. It was build between 1968 and 1971 by Misereor. It was operated by the government of Tanzania until 1985 when it was handed back to the Trustees of TEC. It is now run by 10 Board of Governors, six including the Chairperson are appointed by TEC and four are appointed by the Government of Tanzania.
The hospital has a capacity of 850 beds and provides outpatient and inpatient services in medicine, surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics and Gynaecology, psychiatry, radio diagnosis and laboratory services.
The hospital runs training programmes in internship for Medical Officers, Assistant Medical Officer, Clinical Officers, Nursing, Pharmacy and Laboratory Technology.
The hospital runs a course in Clinical Pastoral Education.
The hospital will start undergraduate courses in Medicine leading to graduate qualification in October 2002; it will be a constituent college of St. Augustine University and will then be known as Bugando University College of Health Sciences.
Centre For Mentally Retarded Children – Ifakara (Bethlehem Centre)
P.O. Box 641, Ifakara
The Centre was proposed by the Tanzania Episcopal Conference Plenary Assembly in
1979 to mark the International Year of the Child.
Bethlehem Centre trains children who have mental retardation between the ages of 7
and 12 years so that they can manage daily living activities in their communities. It also
prepares these children to enter into ordinary primary school education.
Currently the cetnre trains 81 pupils of whom 50 are boys and 31 are girls. The centre
trains the children in various trades such as tailoring, carpentry, art, agriculture and
animal husbandry. The center also runs a kindergarten for 33 children.
The development of the center to its present state was done by Brothers of the Order of
St. Frnacis of Assisi, Capuchin. Sisters of Charity of St. Francis of Assisi Mahenge
Diocese are responsible for the general running of the center while the Bishop of the
Diocese of Mahenge is the Patron.