St. Albert's Mission Hospital, about 200 kms north of Harare, and 36 km north of Mount Darwin on the edge of the Zambezi Valley is the referral centre for 14 rural health centres and has 140 beds. It opened in 1964 with 85 beds.

St Albert's entrance

Originally, St Albert's was run by Dominican nun nurses. Elizabeth Tarira, MD, MPH, a Zimbabwean, was the hospital’s first resident doctor. She arrived in 1983 and gradually built up the hospital to today's 140-bed capacity. St Albert's became a district hospital in 1985 Elizabeth became the hospital’s director in 1999. She remained director of St. Albert's until her death from recurrent breast cancer in July 2012. Dr. Julia Musarir has since been the hospital's interim director.

Each year, St. Albert’s admits about 5,000 patients, treats about 40,000 outpatients and delivers about 2,600 babies. It is on the List Of Approved COVID-19 Testing Laboratories In Zimbabwe.

Contact Details

Cell: 077 369 1907

Organisation Structure

St. Albert's Mission Hospital - Zimbabwe belongs to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Chinhoyi, Zimbabwe. st.alberts_mission_hospital_zw

Has a staff of five doctors, eight midwives, one state-certified nurse, 22 registered general nurses, 19 primary-care nurses and 14 nurse aides.

Offers / Events

  • Outpatient clinic
  • Maternity – antenatal clinic
  • Rehabilitation and physical therapy
  • Inpatient care
  • Surgery – mainly obstetrical
  • Laboratory services
  • X-ray for simple diagnostic.
  • School of Nursing

1991 - began home-based care program to help families care for loved ones with disabilities and chronic illnesses
2000 - started a farm project to grow maize and other crops on 100 hectares (247 acres) of donated land.
Aug 2013 -began a cervical cancer prevention programme.

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