The tradition of the Würzburg - Mwanza partnership goes back to the 1960ies. Starting from a city partnership, the cooperation has constantly expanded. Today it involves hospitals, universities and the city governments, and covers multiple areas. It includes research projects, exchange programs, joint efforts for climate protection and cooperation in postgraduate clinical education. Going beyond Mwanza’s city borders, a community-focussed program to fight schistosomiasis, a parasitic disease affecting > 70% of people around Lake Victoria was implemented. 

Up to now, all these activities were dependent on individual commitment and short-term external funding. Synergistic effects between different initiatives remained largely unexploited and long-term strategic development was hardly possible. Therefore, the Else Kröner Center for Advanced Medical & Medical Humanitarian Studies was founded as a sustainable structure to develop the cooperation between Mwanza and Würzburg to the next level.

The new Center does not only unite current activities, but also expands existing efforts, including a structured exchange program at different levels, a bilateral study curriculum, joint research projects, and improvement of hospital- and community-based medical care. In combining these approaches with improved education and training of young academics and clinicians and a professional management, the Else Kröner Center will have a long-term positive effect on medical care in Mwanza and Victoria Lake Zone at large.

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Dr. Judith von Heusinger

Medical-humanitarian development cooperation, Else Kröner-Fresenius-Foundation, Germany


Dr. Safari Kinung'hi

Director of the National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR), Mwanza Centre, Tanzania

Dr. Fabian Masaga

Director General Bugando Medical Center, Tanzania

Dr. Antonio Montresor

Professional Officer, Neglected Tropcial Diseases, WHO, Switzerland


Prof. Francisca Mutapi
Professor in Global Health Infection and Immunity, University of Edinburgh, Scotland

Dr. Alphoncina Masako Nanai

National Professional Officer, Neglected Tropical Diseases, WHO Country Office, Tanzania


Prof. Wolfgang Preiser 

Professor of Medical Virology, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa


Christian Schuchardt
Lord Mayor of Würzburg, Germany


Selemani Yahaya Sekiete
City Director of Mwanza, Tanzania


Prof. Dennis Tappe

Professor at Bernhard-Nocht-Institute for Tropcial Medicine, Germany

The Advisory Board functions as an external advisory committee for the Else Kröner Center. It consists of eight external consultants, which meet once per year to discuss about the progress of the EKC and give advice regarding its strategic development.