Collaboration KCMC-Radboudumc

Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (KCMC) in Moshi, Tanzania and NIIH have established a long-terme academic collaboration whereby insights to improve patient care, curriculum development and research are of mutual interest.

The collaboration between Nijmegen en the Tanzanian health care system has a history of more than 30 years, first of all with Muhumbili University College of Health Sciences in Dar es Salaam. The Nijmegen-KCMC (Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre in Moshi) collaboration started in 1997 with the postgraduate program “Improving Quality of Care through Continuing Education” and training of medical staff of KCMC in Nijmegen. The relationship between both Medical Centers was formalized in 2000, when a collaborative agreement was signed for four years, later extended with the second 4-years phase up and now extended 2013-2016. The focus of the collaboration was local capacity building through long-term commitment.

 

KCMC has made considerable progress over the last years:

  • increased numbers of competent doctors, teachers and scientists are the intellectual and spiritual driving force of KCMC and of the College
  • improved facilities for specialized hospital care and for practical training of doctors and specialists
  • a new modern College building for training and teaching
  • a new research building that enable multidisciplinary collaboration in basic, translational and clinical research.

In future, the strategy will remain: local capacity building and long-term commitment.