Doctors for Ifakara

Help for self-help - a Tyrolean project in the heart of Africa
The members of the Association "Doctors for Ifakara" see their task in supporting St. Francis Referral Hospital, a hospitals founded in 1953 by the Capuchin Fathers of Switzerland and Dr. Karl Schoepf, an Austrian surgeon from Zams/Austria, in the town of Ifakara, in the south-east of Tanzania. Together with the provincial government of Tyrol and many private persons, our commitment centres on the improvement of medical care for the local population.

Our supporters are not only doctors, but also people from other institutions and professions, such as nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, radiographers, artists, technicians, civil servants, gastronomy people, entrepreneurs, schools and many others.

Sr. Maria Paula has died in the Baldegg monastery

14. Jun. 2024 | Sr. Maria Paula Wicki, the founder and long-time director of the leprosy hospital in Ifakara, has died at the age of 96.


Sanierung des Mayoka Bohrloches

5. Apr. 2024 | One of the 4 boreholes have to be renovated


Summer Benefit Evening

20. Jun. 2023 | After a pandemic-related break, a benefit evening could be organized under the motto "Fete Blanche".


Irmengard Schöpf Memorial Exhibition in Landeck Castle

10. Dec. 2022 | The artist Irmengard Schöpf, wife of the founder of St. Francis Hospital Karl Schöpf, recently passed away at the age of 100. Her family arranged a commemorative exhibition of her most important works at Landeck Castle.


A new photovoltaic system

5. Nov. 2022 | In order to relieve the hospital financially, but also for environmental reasons, we installed a thermal solar system and a small photovoltaic system in 2010. This will now be expanded.


Christine with Florian and Fritz

2. Sep. 2022 | After a long Corona break, a visit to St. Francis Hospital was finally possible this year. (02.09. - 01.10.22)


Dr. Raphael Dominick Mkombozi is now specialist for Internal Medicine

29. Aug. 2021 |


Maintenance of the emergency generator

22. Jul. 2021 | The maintenance of the emergency generator The emergency generator that we made available to the hospital in 2005 requires constant maintenance.


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Doctors for Ifakara
Hauptstraße 39b
A-6511 Zams in Tirol

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Bank: Raiffeisen Bank Oberland-Reutte
A-6511 Zams
Recipient: Association "Doctors for Ifakara"
IBAN Code:
AT82 3699 0000 0553 0787


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