Where I Work – Emma Drawbridge

muhimbiliOrigins of Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH) can be traced back in 1910 to 1920s when it was known as Sewahaji Hospital and in 1956 its name changed to Princess Margareth Hospital. Soon after independence 1961 it was named Muhimbili Hospital to 1976 when its name was changed to Muhimbili Medical Centre. Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH) was established by the MNH ACT No. 5 of 2000 by separation of the then Muhimbili Medical Centre (MMC) into Muhimbili National Hospital and the Muhimbili University College of Health Sciences (MUCHS), now Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS). The essence of separating MMC and MUCHS was to make MNH more efficient and to become an accredited centre of excellence for hospital care in Africa by 2015. MNH is National Referral Hospital and University Teaching Hospital with 1,500 bed facility, attending 1,000 to 1,200 outpatients week, admitting 1,000 to 1,200 inpatients per day. It has 2700 employees.
Emma Drawbridge


  1. Hello Emma! What do you do in the hospital? Im a pharmacist, so is really interesting for me to see that a volunteer is working in a hospital, because before working for GSK, i worked in hospitals and in medical campaigns for the indigenous of my country (Costa Rica).

    good luck in your new job,


    1. I am based in an office within the hospital and I am here to help make the breast and cervical campaigns that are performed in remote regions, larger. So I work on the logistics and implementation of these campaigns.
      Being based in the hospital allows the non profit organization I work for, build relationships with a large number of female doctors that are needed to perform a large scale campaign.

  2. Thank you for schooling us Emma! I am glad that you are enjoying this experience and thank you for all the contributions you are making. It is also great to hear that you are learning a great deal.

  3. Wow! I had no idea of the size or scale of care given at the place where you’re based. Sounds like an extremely busy facility. What’s the parking like there? We were discussing in the office what a nightmare it is to park at Princess Alexandria Hospital recently!


    1. Parking isn’t an issue here in Tanzania or at the hospital, for two reasons. Firstly the hospital is very spread out and between each building there is plenty of room for parking. Just to give you an idea of how spread out the hospital actually is, it takes me 10 minutes to walk for the front gate to the building that I am based in. The second reason is that working people like you and I don’t have cars, they tend to use buses or taxis to get around. However most doctor’s at the hospital have cars. Unlike Princess Alexandria Hospital, parking is free here

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