Mbeya Zonal Referral Hospital

Referral/Teaching Hospital | Mbeya, Tanzania

Hospital description

MZRH was formally upgraded from the former Mbeya regional hospital back in1984 to a tertiary ‘Zonal’ level serving the southern highlands zone of Tanzania. The hospital serves approximately 8 million people in seven regions namely; Katavi, Njombe, Rukwa, Ruvuma, Iringa, Songwe and Mbeya.

The hospital has built a reputation in the healthcare industry, in its ability to deal with tertiary patient care, treatment, training and research. MZRH has 20 departments and sections including General Surgery, Internal medicine, OPD / Casualty, Psychiatry, Radiology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pharmacy, Laboratory, Dental, Physiotherapy, Pediatric, Administrative, Engineering, Ophthalmology, Accounts, Central Store, Pathology, Dermatology, Nephrology, Orthopedic and Urology.

The hospital has a maternity wing (Meta Maternity Wing) which is the largest maternity facility in Tanzania. It is comprised of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, the Reproductive Health Unit and the Special baby care Unit. The services delivered include Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Reproductive Health, Neonatal care, Laboratory Operations, Ultrasound & X-ray. There is also a Special Care Baby unit that handles premature births as well as Post Natal complications in newborn babies.

The hospital’s laboratory is ISO and CAP certified.

Some of the top TEN Diseases:
Internal Medicine: HIV, Tuberculosis, Malaria, Hypertension, Cerebrovascular Accident, Dilated Cardiomyopathy, Rheumatic Heart Disease, Tropical Splenomegaly Syndrome, Anaemia, Liver disease
Pediatrics and Child Health: Bacterial Pneumonia, Malaria, Anaemia, HIV, Acute Watery Diarrhea, Acute Respiratory Infections, Malnutrition, Septicemia, Urinary Tract Infections and Tonsilitis
Obstetrics and Gynecology: Eclampsia, Postpartum hemorrhage, Anemia in pregnancy Hemorrhage, Hypertensive disorders in pregnancy, Septic Abortion, Molar Pregnancy, Obstructed labor, Ectopic pregnancy, Cervical Cancer, Ovarian tumors
Surgery: Hernia, Hemorrhoids, Goitre, Gastric perforation, Ileal perforation, Volvulus, Anorectal malformation, Spina Bifida, Hydrocephalus and Hirchsprung disease.

In the realm of providing both preventive and curative health care services in the zone, MZRH has been collaborating with many partners in various activities and research including Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative (BIPAI), Walter Reed Program, Mbeya Medical Research Center (MMRC), GIZ, North Cumbria University Hospitals, Altnagelvin Hospital and JICA just to mention a few.


Hospital type Referral/Teaching Hospital
Local language English
Funding Status Public


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