Bugando Medical Centre is a consultant and teaching Hospital for the Lake and Western zones of the United Republic of Tanzania. It is situated along the shores of Lake Victoria in Mwanza City. It is a referral centre for 8 regions namely Mwanza, Shinyanga, Tabora, Kigoma, Kagera and Mara Simiyu and Geita. It serves a catchment’s population of approximately 13 million people.
The Catholic Church built the Hospital between 1968 – 1977 and it was officially opened by His Excellency the late President Julius Kambarage Nyerere on 3rd November 1971. In 1972 the Hospiis alltal was nationalized by the Government.
The Lake Zone is a high HIV burden area. It borders with HIV-high burden countries – Uganda to the north, Burundi on the North West, and Democratic Republic of Congo on the west. There is a separate department whose goal is to strengthen Continuum of HIV/AIDS prevention, Care & Treatment services and support in the Lake Zone. Aiming at stopping AIDS from fast spreading, the following programs take place:
Care and Treatment program, the goal of which is to train health care workers to deliver quality and comprehensive care to people living with HIV .
Counseling and testing program, the goal of which is to provide Initiated Testing and Counseling using mobile community HIV testing modality which increases access to HIV testing.
Maternal Mortality Reduction Initiative, the goal of which is to consult and support pregnant women who have AIDS.
Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision. There is compelling evidence that male circumcision reduces female to male HIV transmission by 60%. Based on this evidence in the area where a high percentage of risk of getting AIDS man are recommended to have circumcision done.
Thanks to support of PRRR cervical cancer screening activities started in April 2014. 15 Health care workers were trained on cervical and breast cancer screening as well as treatment of precancerous cervical lesions by cryotherapy. The purpose of this activity is to provide women with routine, convenient, easily accessible and friendly screening services at CTC with a target to screen more than 50% of all women attending CTC by the end of April 2015.