Medicines for Muheza, a small UK registered charity which our community has been supporting for around 25 years, has helped transform the work at St. Augustine's Hospital in Muheza, Tanzania over the last 30 years. Our giving is now being made through Hereford Muheza Link Society, which has been running since the 1980s and became a charity in 2003. The two charities were doing very similar work and changes to the bank account made by RBS made it complicated for Medicines for Muheza to continue. Please see new giving details below.

Muheza Hospital

Hereford Muheza Link Society's charity number is 1086887 and its Objectives, as detailed on the Charity Commission website, are:

"The relief of sickness and the prevention of illness and suffering in Muheza District and adjacent districts in Tanzania by:

1.      Providing books, information and visits of health workers between Herefordshire and Muheza District for study, teaching and clinical services

2.      Facilitating the development of skills

3.      Providing advice and help with diagnoses

4.      The donation of equipment, drugs, dressings and monies to Muheza Hospital and District, and arranging for their delivery."

Over the past few years, two very interesting and informative films about Muheza Hospice Care have also been made that you may have seen. These can be found on the following links:

 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 almost 100% of every pound donated is being put to work there. The charity has no overheads but just has to pay some bank charges for money transfers.

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


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 as enthusiastic as ever and 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
  • Creating “champions” to help other youngsters and develop confidence and leadership skills
  • Helping young people who have missed out on childhood because of illness and bereavement to obtain life skills and micro-finance

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.

Update 2022

This is Archbishop Maimbo dedicating the 2022 Easter Service to the Muheza Kids Club.

Archbishop Maimbo   Muheza Kids Club

Update 2019


An idea that came out of Edgar’s visit to the UK in 2016 was the training of champions - youngsters who would help and counsel their peers. One of these champions is Scolar pictured above with her friend Halima. Scolar was very ill at the age of 15. She had Tb and missed a lot of school. At 17, she was diagnosed as HIV positive (her parents had no idea that they also had the infection and had passed it on) and asked if she would like to come to the club. She was surprised to find her school friend Halima was also there. She said Saturdays are her favourite day: “When we come to the club everyone has the same problem, we all support each other and feel free and happy”. Scolar was the leader of the Muheza group who will be working with some young people coming from the UK in 2019 – all of whom have lost a close relative.

Federick and Scolar

Federick, seen above dancing with Scolar, is another champion. He is 19 and has been on treatment for HIV since he was eight. His mother died when he was 5 and his father 2 years later. He has been brought up by his sister and now earns a meagre living selling clothes for his aunty. Edgar is trying to set up education in life skills and micro-finance for these youngsters who have missed out on childhood through ill health and bereavement.


Mary, seen above with her mother and Herriett, the palliative care nurse, was a receptionist at a hotel in Dar es Salaam when she developed cancer. She ran out of money and only completed half her treatment and eventually came home to her parents with a huge, very nasty smelling and extremely painful wound in an unmentionable place. Her parents built a small extension to the mud hut for her as they couldn’t cope with living with her.  The hospice home visiting team heard about her and now visits regularly. The wound is cleaned and no longer smells and with regular doses of morphine she is free from pain. When Herriett introduced her to Dr Karilyn Collins who started the hospice she took her hand and said “Ninakushukuru sana”  …..Thank you.

How can I donate?

Hereford Muheza Link Society 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 or Dr. Karilyn Collins at 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 bank details are as follows:

Account:         Hereford Muheza Link Society Acc 1
Sort Code:     09-01-50 
Account No: 05946174

Payment reference: please include your surname and postcode

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

For cash and cheque donations

Please make cheques payable to Hereford Muheza Link Society and post to Karilyn Collins, The Village, Bodenham, Hereford HR1 3JX (yes, an unusual address!). Thank you.

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.