The idea to build Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (KCMC) was born 1961. Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre is one among the four Zonal Consultant hospitals in Tanzania. Its record in Medical Services, Research, and Education has significant influence in East Africa and beyond. In 2011, KCMC continued to carry out its services to people according to the mission statement, “To render God’s healing services to set mankind free from the bondage of sickness, suffering and sin”, “To reflect Christ’s character of love, mercy, compassion and faithfulness in the course of fulfilling the call to care and heal the sick” and “To share God’s grace and love through the power of the Holy Spirit in the course of treating and caring for the sick”. Since 1971 the Hospital has continued to grow, serving the northern, eastern and central zones of Tanzania as a world-class centre for patient care, teaching and research with leading clinical specialty areas and an internationally renowned research institute. KCMC has ability to create a culture of excellence and care and therefore this has made KCMC as an institution where patients want to come for care and staff and trainees want to work. We remain inspired by the dedication of our founders and we are committed to their vision of providing excellent care, now and in the future.
Dr. Blandina Mmbaga, Director of the Kilimanjaro Clinical Research Institute
Dr. Mmbaga is a paediatrician at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (KCMC) participating in clinical, teaching, and research activities. She is also a senior lecturer at the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College of the Tumaini University Makumira. She graduated with a PhD in 2013 from the University of Bergen Centre for International Health and Department of Public Health and Primary Health Care. Currently, she is also working as the Site Co-leader for the KCMC-Duke Collaboration in clinical research in which CFAR, IMPAACT and ACTG studies are part of the ongoing activities. She has been working with the KCMC HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment Clinic as well as research activities at the institution since 2004. She was a member of IMPAACT Vaccine Immunology Scientific Committee for six years (2006-2012) and received a NICHD/Westat contract for IMPAACT studies from June 2014 as Principal Investigator. As a Senior Lecturer at the college, she is also supervises students on their research proposals and thesis work for Master’s and PhD courses. Currently Dr. Mmbaga is the Director of the Kilimanjaro Clinical Research Institute (KCRI), leading and participating in numerous research activities including studies of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma within the ESCCAPE network, clinical trials of tuberculosis second-line drugs, clinical trials on prevention of HIV/AIDS mother to child transmission, and antibacterial resistance.