Mulanje Mission Hospital

Mulanje HospitalMulanje, Malawi


  • Hospital beds – 220
  • Total Staff – 254
  • In Patient Admissions – 7,571
  • Outpatient Visits – 72,232
  • Maternity Deliveries – 2,354

Target Areas for Sustainable Impact

  • Reduction in maternal mortality and infant mortality
  • Increased access to primary healthcare services
  • Preventive healthcare through community outreach programs

Mulanje Mission Hospital (MMH) is a mission hospital of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian located in Southern Malawi, close to the Mozambique border. There is a strong commitment to fellowship and evangelism and each day morning prayers are led by one of the hospital employees.

In 1928 a small hospital was built as well as a primary school, also used as a church, a teacher training block and five staff houses. The initial clinic was a maternity facility. In 1950 a dormitory for trainee midwives was built, followed by an operating theater in 1958. A large new maternity block was added in 1972, and in 1980, a pediatric ward was erected along with many staff houses. The hospital finally changed from maternity clinic to a full-fledged hospital in 1999, when the male ward was opened.

Weighing a baby.

Weighing a baby.

Mulanje Mission Hospital provides public health and primary care services to about 80,000 people living in 72 villages in the local catchment area of Mulanje. Patients within and beyond the Mulanje district visit MMH for outpatient, inpatient and HIV/AIDS services.

Mulanje hospital has 220 beds in 4 main departments: a general male ward, general female ward, pediatric ward, and a maternity wing which provides a labor ward, postnatal ward, nursery and kangaroo mother care. The hospital handles more than 2,300 deliveries and treats over 70,000 outpatients each year. Mulanje Hospital has active “under five” and antenatal clinics in the hospital and several mobile clinics. The antenatal clinics see about 35,000 patients a year.

The Primary Health Care Department focuses on four intervention areas:

  • Environmental Health;
  • Mother and Child Health;
  • Nutrition; HIV / AIDS community interventions (Counseling services, Home Based Care, People Living With HIV/AIDS clinic, Orphan Care Training Center and Youth Center).
Mom with twins Mulanje, Malawi

Mother with twins.

MMH is a leader in a nation-wide program to screen women to prevent cervical cancer, the most common cancer in women in Malawi. A palliative care program offers care to AIDS sufferers and those with cancer or other terminal illnesses, and works closely with other services such as the ART and Home Based Care (HBC) programs. A daily outpatient clinic is held at MMH, and many patients are cared for in their homes and communities by HBC volunteers.

Hospital acquired infections are a major cause of preventable morbidity and mortality in developing countries, including Malawi. Mulanje Hospital has been recognized as a center of excellence in infection prevention, and has demonstrated continued maintenance of those high standards. Being a center of excellence in infection prevention denotes that MMH ensures safety of its clients, patients and health personnel.

Mulanje Hospital has an excellent reputation as a hospital and its nursing school is one of the best in the nation.