Kamuzu Central Hospital

District General Hospital | Lilongwe, Malawi

Hospital description

The Kamazu Central Hospital is a large referral hospital in Malawi, accepting referrals from five local district hospitals in the surrounding areas. The hospital provides ICU, internal medicine, gynaecology, paediatrics, general surgery and orthopaedic services and is also the only dialysis centre in the country. The population in the direct community numbers 620,000 but the hospital also serves the population across the wider region – around 4 million people in total. The hospital has 59 doctors and 286 nursing staff. The hospital has developed several links with Western hospitals, which has helped to enhance its profile.

There is a centre at the hospital that was established by a team of clinicians from the University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Medicine in 1998. It now serves as one of two clinical research centers (CRS) for the Malawi Clinical Trial Unit (CTU) in a subcontracting arrangement with Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, which leads the CTU. The CTU and its two clinical research centres – the second is in Blantyre – represent a well-established collaboration that, in addition to UNC and Johns Hopkins, includes the Malawi College of Medicine as a key partner.

The hospital is also now linked with the James Cook University Hospital, part of the South Tees University Hospital Trust in the UK.


Hospital type District General Hospital
Local language Malawian English and Chichewa
Funding Status Public


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