Mwanza-Juma, June 2019 Competitions
Mwanza Region Supply Chain Improvement Potential
Mwanza Region is located in the extreme northern quarter of mainland Tanzania, bordering Lake Victoria, and is comprised of more than 86 inhabited islands in Lake Victoria. The population of Mwanza is 2,7 million, which is second only to the commercial capital, Dar es Salaam, and has one of the highest rural population densities in the world.
Mwanza Region has 286 health facilities (242 dispensaries, 31 health centers, and 13 hospitals). All public sector facilities receive supplies from the Medical Stores Department, located in Mwanza city. Bugando Medical Centre, also located in Mwanza city, is a referral, consultant and university teaching hospital for the Lake and Western zones and serves a catchment population of over 14 million people. Laboratory samples (including viral load samples and dried blood spots) that are collected by health facilities must be sent and tested at Bugando Medical Centre. The vision is to connect the facilities in Mwanza City with the hard-to-reach facilities in the region using drone cargo transports and droneport infrastructure.