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The Else Kröner Center (EKC) Würzburg - Mwanza was established in August 2020 and is based on a long partnership between Mwanza and its partner city Würzburg. Over the years, numerous medical and humanitarian projects have been established in collaboration of several partners from Tanzania and Germany, including the fight against neglected tropical diseases, and a lively exchange of students and medical staff between both locations. All these activities are now gathered and jointly coordinated under the umbrella of the EKC.

Else Kröner Center for
Advanced Medical & Medical Humanitarian Studies Würzburg – Mwanza

What began as town twinning between Würzburg in Germany and Mwanza in Tanzania back in the 1960s has evolved over the years into an intensive humanitarian-medical and scientific collaboration.



The EKC unites the partners in Würzburg and Mwanza in their strive for highest quality health care

for individual patients and the community.

Our partnership advances both sides in their continuous pursuit for excellence

in international academic and humanitarian collaboration.

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Click on one of the video fields or the link below to learn more about the EKC.



Main building of the University of Würzburg

Julius Maximilians University Würzburg (JMU)

In close cooperation with UKW and academic teaching hospitals, JMU offers state-of-the art medical education and internationally visible bio-medical research. All training facilities and competences are accessible for the students enrolled in the EKC. Based on its long-standing cooperation with CUHAS and BMC, JMU is  formally hosting the EKC and takes responsibility for implementing the bilateral M.Sc. program.  

Main building of the German Leprosy and Tuberculosis Relief Association in Würzburg

Leprosy and Tuberculosis Relief Association, Würzburg (DAHW) 

DAHW is an independent non-govern-mental organization which supports more than 83 medical and social projects in 21 countries to assist people suffering from poverty-related diseases. As part of this worldwide network, a close collaboration between CUHAS and DAHW has been established. DAHW contributes to the EKC with its expertise in community and hospital-based healthcare improvements in resource-constrained settings and with its experiences in the high-quality implementation of multi-stakeholder projects. 

Building of the University Hospital Würzburg

University Hospital Würzburg (UKW)

The UKW consists of 19 clinics with policlinics, three autonomous policlinics and four clinical institutes. The hospital takes care of about 59,500 stationary and 260,000 outpatients every year and offers clinical care covering all medical areas. Within the EKC, the UKW offers short–term stays at clinical settings as well as access to the Interdisciplinary Training and Simulation Center (INTUS) to train technical skills directly needed in Mwanza. 

Building of the Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences

Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences, Mwanza (CUHAS) 

CUHAS trains health professionals in the fields of Medicine, Pharmacy, Medical Laboratory Sciences, Nursing and Public Health. Students are trained in close partnership with the Bugando Medical Centre (BMC). CUHAS takes responsibility for the Tanzania part of the PhD program within the EKC, as well as exchange programs and implementation of new bilateral M.Sc. courses. 

Building of the Medical Mission Institute

medmissio, Würzburg (MI)

MI is the catholic advisory organization for international health, focusing on the improvement of health conditions particularly of disadvantaged persons and populations worldwide. It is involved in education and research in resource limited settings and connected to the Missionary Hospital, a teaching hospital of JMU. MI has a long-standing cooperation with BMC and ample expertise in coordinating hospital and community based health-care projects in Tanzania.  

Building of the Bugando Medical Centre

Bugando Medical Centre, Mwanza (BMC) 

BMC serves a population of 16 million people and is attended by around 300,000 patients each year. BMC has constantly expanded its medical capacities, partly in close cooperation with JMU, MI and UKW, and is now offering a wide range of advanced medical care specialities. As the major referral hospital in the region, BMC will host and direct clinical training and education within the Else Kröner Center. 

EKC is sponsored by:

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Prof  Matthias Frosch, MD
Medical Faculty, JMU Würzburg

Prof Oliver Kurzai, MD
Medical Microbiology and Hospital Hygiene, JMU Würzburg


Prof Stephen E. Mshana, MD
Clinical Microbiology/Immunology, CUHAS Mwanza



Else Kröner Center

Josef-Schneider-Str. 2 / Building E1

97080 Würzburg



Dr Franziska Pietsch


Phone: +49 931 31 87 299

Fax: +49 931 31 46 445


Else Kröner Center

Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences

CUHAS, P.O. Box 1464




Stella Mugassa, MD


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