Support to St. Francis Hospital in Ifakara

Aerial view of St. Francis Hospital in Ifakara, Tanzania © St Francis Hospital

SDC plans to support health services and management improvement, and address the role of the hospital as a place for practical training and clinical research. The project would focus primarily on improving health care and look for synergies between St. Francis Hospital, the Ifakara Health Institute and the Tanzanian Training Centre for International Health, and the Swiss institutions that support them (SDC, Novartis Foundation, SwissTPH and Solidarmed). During the entry proposal period, SDC and partners will have an opportunity to explore which organisational option would best serve these objectives. Refurbishment of the pediatric ward will also be undertaken and equipment provided.

Paese/Regione Tema Periodo Budget
Assistenza sanitaria primaria
Rafforzamento dei sistemi sanitari
Infrastrutture sanitarie di base
01.10.2010 - 31.12.2021
CHF 8'978'000

St Francis referral hospital is located in Ifakara in the southern part of Tanzania. The hospital is owned by the Diocese of Ifakara (formerly Diocese of Mahenge). It was officially promoted by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and became a regional referral hospital in November 2010. The hospital attracts referrals of patients from Kilombero and Ulanga districts as well as some parts of 4 other districts with a population of approximately 700,000. There are local partner institutions that depend on SFRH as a platform for health training and research.


The population of rural districts from Kilombero and Ulanga, as well as some parts of Mikumi, Morogoro rural and Iringa districts.

Gruppi target

The population of rural districts from Kilombero and Ulanga, as well as some parts of Mikumi, Morogoro rural and Iringa districts.

Effetti a medio termine
  • Quality of care: Patients are offered very good health specialist services and care in medicine, paediatrics and surgery.
  • Governance: All governing bodies function according to accountability and transparent principles in the decision-making process.
  • Internal management: All levels of hospital management are performing efficiently, and applying standard procedures in general, financial and human resource management.        
  • Collaboration with partner entities: All partners involved in hospital activities are working towards a common goal and make more efficient use of available resources

Risultati principali attesi:  

  • The Directorate has been replaced with qualified competent and committed staff
  • Clear guidelines on financial, human resources, procurement and patient management procedures are developed;
  • Supply of drugs, laboratory products and equipment is regular and adequate;
  • Infrastructure are renovated and developed.
  • Formal revised joint agreement (MoU) with Local Partner Institutions operating in Ifakara

Risultati fasi precedenti:  

1) Organizational assessment, discussion and common understanding with all partners in Ifakara and MoHSW;

2) Initial infrastructure investment: rehabilitation of the infusion unit;

3) Initiation of the change process i.e. appointment of the medical director, hospital staff meetings, preliminary steps of basic financial management and departmental clinical meetings.

Direzione/Ufficio responsabile DSC
Credito Cooperazione allo sviluppo
Partner del progetto Partner contrattuale
ONG internazionale o straniera
  • Other international or foreign NGO North

Budget Fase in corso Budget Svizzera CHF   8'978'000 Budget svizzero attualmente già speso CHF   7'817'792
Fasi del progetto Fase 1 01.10.2010 - 31.12.2021   (Fase in corso)