History at a Glance

2003
Dodoma Tanzania Health Development (DTHD) is founded and Dodoma Christian Medical Center (DCMC) Trust is registered with the Tanzanian government.  Three hundred acres of land is leased from Dodoma’s Capital Development Authority.  Dr. John Toso is named Project Director and DCMC architectural planning begins under U.S.-based architect Peter Ozolinn and correspondent Tanzanian firm Co-Architecture.

Viewing architectural plans

Viewing architectural plans

2004
Site is acquired to build medical center.  Guest flats are constructed.  DCMC is asked to manage area rural Lutheran dispensaries.

2005
DCMC continues improvements to area rural dispensaries in order to provide basic medicines and preventive care to outlying villages.  Preventive dental program begins.  Massive infrastructure development (roads, sewers, clean water systems, etc.) takes place. Construction of staff housing and Dental Clinic begins.

2006
680-foot well is dug on site to provide potable water and Dental Clinic is completed.

2007
Dental Clinic sees its first patients.  Dodoma Innovation & Production Company (DIPC), a separate for-profit company, is established to contribute to the future sustainability of the medical center.  DIPC leases 50 acres from DCMC and opens a brick yard.  Construction on Reproductive and Child Health Clinic is overseen by acting project director Dr. Mike Toth.

First DIPC Site

First DIPC Site

2008
Reproductive and Child Health Clinic opens for patient services under the direction of Dr. Henry Ziegler.  Community Health Outreach programs expand into the rural areas.

2009
Ceremonial groundbreaking takes place for a 100-bed, three-building hospital.  Architectural plans are completed.

2011
Community Health Outreach program receives national recognition for its drug abuse prevention program and work in the Bahi district.  Delivery services added to Reproductive and Child Health Clinic, and plans for hospital expansion stalled by Value Added Tax (VAT) exemption law changes.

2012
Newly remodeled Reproductive and Child Health Clinic now includes more accommodations and a fully equipped surgical suite and neo-natal area.

2014
As part of the Tanzanian Ministry of Health’s countrywide effort to improve women’s health, DCMC begins conducting cervical cancer screening and fistula identification programs in rural villages.


To help meet the growing demand for care, the west wing of the medical center begins expansion by 6,300 square feet.

Groundbreaking Ceremony for West Wing Expansion

Groundbreaking Ceremony for West Wing Expansion