Berega Mission Hospital

Berega Mission Hospital is a 120-bed hospital situated in Berega, Morogoro region, central Tanzania, administered by the Anglican Church of Tanzania.[1] The hospital, plus attached nursing school, serves an estimated 217,000 of the poorest residents of Tanzania and the hospital's current operation is reliant on charitable donations and volunteer work. Despite a high volume of critically unwell patients, many of them children, and its status as a referral centre for nearby community medical centres (most frequently dispensaries), Berega operates in a very low-resource environment.[2]

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Geography
LocationBerega, Morogoro region, central Tanzania
Services
Beds120

Location

The hospital is located in the centre of Berega. It is a 20 minute drive from Dodoma Road, the main highway from Dar Es Salaam to Dodoma. There is a nearby airstrip.

Facilities

There are four wards: Paediatric, Male, Female, Maternity, as well as a Neonatal Care Unit (opened in 2016). There are three operating theatres, a pharmacy and outpatient facilities. Additionally, there is accommodation for relatives and expectant mothers. The School of Nursing at Berega (SONAB) provides approximately sixty nursing students who assist in the hospital during their studies.[3] The hospital gets electricity from the main power grid, but power cuts are frequent. There is a generator, but it is expensive to run and avoided for as long as possible. Water is pumped from a nearby well twice per week.


Press coverage

Berega was featured in a three-part article in the New York Times, focusing on the challenges of high maternal mortality in East Africa.[4][5]

References

  1. "Bread Newsletter 2009" (PDF). Bread Trust.
  2. "Berega Mission Hospital Morogoro, Tanzania". The Electives Network. Retrieved 2014-03-12.
  3. "About SONAB". The School of Nursing at Berega. Archived from the original on 2014-03-11. Retrieved 2014-03-12.
  4. Grady, Denise (2009-05-23). "Death in birth: Where Life's Start Is a Deadly Risk". New York Times.
  5. Grady, Denise. "Death in Birth: The Deadly Toll of Abortion by Amateurs". New York Times.

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