Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre is located in the foothills of the snow capped, Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. It was opened in March 1971 by the Good Samaritan Foundation, who planned and raised large funds to build and equip it. KCMC is a referral hospital for over 15 million people in Northern Tanzania. The hospital is a huge complex with 500-800 inpatients in 630 official beds, 90 canvas, 40 baby Incubators, 1852 students, 1300 staff and 1000 visitors and companions daily
Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College trains health professionals of all cadres ranging from Diplomas, Ordinary Degrees, Post Graduate Degrees and Doctor of Philosophy. Besides Post doctoral training opportunities are availed apart from continuing Education programmes.
Being a Christ-Centered Institution, the College community aspires to nurture education in an environment imbued with love, mercy compassion and faithfulness. Students are given opportunity to learn interactively without discrimination and enabled to create an environment conducive for successful completion of the awards registered for.
As part and parcel of the KCMU-College Community, you have an intrinsic role of contributing the best you can, in creating a comfortable home to dwell by harmoniously studying and cooperating with other students and staff within the framework stipulated by rules, regulations and Students By-Laws.
Your courses of study may become tedious and therefore you are advised to study diligently in order to gain adequate knowledge, skills and attitude which will enable you to contribute abundantly towards social-economic development of the nation through Comprehensive Health Care Delivery in curative, preventive, promotive and rehabilitative services to the communities which you will serve.
We are in the process of evolving into a full-fledged University. Students are the major ingredient in creating Universities. You are therefore warmly welcome to KCMU-College in order to build a future Institution with virtues of Excellency.
There are also many projects in the undertaking.
ELECTRICITY AND HOT WATER The electrical system is based on a standard British model - 240volts - so you can use British appliances but you will need a transformer for appliances of any other voltage. The Moshi electricity supply is fairly reliable nowadays, although voltage can be a bit erratic, and there are occasional power cuts. So make sure you have a torch and candles to hand. A surge protector is a good idea if you plan to use your computer. The electricity is always on and the switch for the hot water heater can be found on the kitchen wall next to the larder (in the garage in C houses). A red light shows when it is switched on. The cost of electricity is included in your rent. The fuse box will be found in the garage if necessary. (It is very expensive to heat the hot water, so please switch off the water heater when you are not needing to use it.)
DRINKING WATER The water on the compound comes from KCMC's own borehole and is safe to drink without having to be boiled (but you may be happier if you do so). (Please note that elsewhere in Moshi and Tanzania you must always boil your drinking water or use bottled water.)
BEDROOM Mosquito nets are provided for short-term visitors - please ask the housegirl if your house does not have one. Use of the mosquito net is strongly advised, as malaria is quite common in this area. The net should be tucked under the mattress if possible. A blanket is on the bed or in a cupboard. There is mosquito netting on all windows in the house, but a few insects do find their way in. Before going to bed you may like to spray the room with an insecticide (such as Doom), especially if you choose not to sleep under the net.
KITCHEN The kitchen of the guest house is equipped with the basics for most daily needs. We hope you will find sufficient provisions to see you through until you can get to a shop. You are responsible for buying all that you need for the house during your stay - your housegirl will do the shopping for you if you give her some money.
SECURITY You will be asked to sign for the key you are given on arrival and again when you return it at the end of your stay. Spare keys are a scarce commodity in KCMC although we are trying to improve this situation. Please keep your door key on you at all times and ensure that the house is locked when you are out. Your housegirl also has a key, so she can gain access when you are out. The main compound gate is constantly manned and the compound patrolled 24 hours a day by KCMC guards (askari). Occasionally you may hear or see an askari at night- they all wear a green uniform. The house has fluorescent security strip lights outside, and these should be left on all night to assist the guards in their work. Having said this, KCMC is a safe place and there is very little crime.
DOMESTIC HELP As is customary in Tanzania, there will be someone to help you with domestic cleaning, washing and ironing, shopping, as well as cooking if you request it. Your "housegirl" will probably speak some English and is willing to help in any way she can. Her working hours are most likely to be approximately 7.30 am to 3.30 pm, Monday to Friday (or Saturday) but she will be happy to adapt to your needs or work extra hours for a little extra money. Wages for domestic help may be included in your rent or you may be expected to pay separately - check with someone before doing anything. The average monthly salary is currently about TSh. 40,000/-. If you ask the housegirl to shop for you, please make sure that you give her sufficient money in advance. One item to note is that all clothing MUST be ironed after drying in the open air, because of mango flies, which lay their eggs in the fibres.
Marangu Falls and Kikuletwa hotsprings in Kilimanjaro
Mt. Kilimanjaro herself - highest point in Africa and the highest free standing Mountain in the world.