Medicines for Muheza is a small, UK registered charity which has helped transform the work at St. Augustine's Hospital in Muheza, Tanzania over the last 30 years. Our community in Chieveley has supported it for over 20 years.

Muheza Hospital

The charity fundraises to supply many things that the hospital needs, including:

  • Top-ups to staff salaries to ensure well-qualified staff stay
  • Some specialised drugs
  • Ward renovation and building projects
  • New vehicles
  • Child feeding programmes

What is the connection with Chieveley?

Elizabeth Hills, who was a mission doctor at the original district hospital in Muheza, lived in Chieveley and since then a succession of doctors who have worked at the new hospital have been to talk to our community (church communities in Chieveley and Winterbourne plus Chieveley Primary School). More recently Edgar and William, who both work at the hospital, visited Chieveley to thank everyone for the support and to provide an update on how things are progressing.

Also, for some years Chieveley Primary School raised money for a girl called Pili whose mother was treated for HIV at the hospital whilst pregnant. As a result of this treatment Pili was born HIV-negative and was able to study at a local convent school, courtesy of the money raised by the School.

In 2014 Sarah Wierszycki and her family visited the hospital and the school, to see it all for themselves. "Tanzanians are warm, friendly people - "Karibu" (You are welcome) is heard repeatedly and it is genuine. We saw the amazing work at the hospital and hospice and witnessed the enthusiasm for a better education for the children. There, nothing is taken for granted" reported Sarah after the visit.

Others would be welcome to be involved and visit. Please let Sarah know if you might be interested or want to find out more. See top left of page for contact details.

The work at the hospital

The work at the hospital is quite literally changing lives on a daily basis, with very limited resources. It is brilliant to know that between 96 and 97 pence in every pound donated is being put to work there.

The program of antenatal and postnatal care continues and the results are steadily improving - cutting mortality for mothers and babies and babies are being born HIV negative from HIV positive mothers. The hospice attached to the hospital runs a programme to keep terminally ill patients free from pain and offers counselling to hold families together as well as providing education to keep HIV children and adults healthy. 

Current priorities

Muheza Edgar

Our target for the coming year is to continue to help pay Edgar's salary as well as buying specialist medicines which are not readily available in Tanzania.

Edgar is absolutely passionate about his work. He is a trained teacher, social worker and is also trained in palliative care.

 Some of his roles include:

  • running the Kids' Club to help keep the HIV positive, orphan children healthy
  • counselling couples discovering their HIV status for the first time to try to keep their families together
  • helping HIV positive mothers in various ways

He is a busy man and there are lots of success stories in saving lives and preventing transmission of HIV, but also a lot of challenges with very limited resources.

Muheza Kids Club


How can I donate?

Medicines for Muheza is grateful for all donations received no matter how small. Donations may be made by the following methods

  • Standing order (preferred as keeps administration costs down)
  • Bank transfer
  • Cheque
  • Cash

In all cases please let Sarah Wierszycki know of your donation so that gift aid can be claimed where appropriate. Gift Aid Form available here.

For standing orders and bank transfers the Medicines for Mulheza bank details are as follows:  

Bank:          Royal Bank of Scotland
Sort Code:   83-18-43
Account No: 00202280
Account:      Medecines for Muheza (Charity No 288061)

Payment reference: please include your surname and postcode

If you decide to set up an annual payment it would be helpful (but not esential of course) if payment was made around 7 November each year. This eases the administration work.

For cash and cheque donations

Please make cheques payable to Medicines for Muheza and either drop in to Paul Medley at Westfield House, High St, Chieveley (2 doors north of Quackers) or post to Sarah Wierszycki at 45 Southmoor Road, Oxford OX2 6RF.  

Visit to Chieveley 2016

          Edgar addressing congregation          Edgar and William at Chieveley Church

In October 2016 Edgar and his colleague William visited the UK and spent time in Chieveley. They addressed the community at St. Mary's Church, passing on thanks for all the support and engaging everyone with their update and stories from the hospital.