were, at first, completely unfamiliar tasks. Even during the rainy season, work continued on the
hospital complex, and slowly but surely eight wards as well as a separate large building for administration, kitchens,
living quarters and so on. When it opened in 1960, it had electricity, running water, and gas - hundreds of miles
inside the bush!
Just eight degrees south of the Equator, St Francis Hospital , Ifakara, serves
one of the most remote areas of Tanzania, some 240 miles from the capital of Dar es Salaam, on the East African
The hospital was founded by the Tirolese missionary doctor Dr. Karl Schöpf, and built with the help
of members of the Swiss Province of the Capuchin Order of Friars and the Baldegg Nuns.
The team of well-trained nurses from Switzerland and Austria who helped with this project were indispensable.
But local people too threw themselves into what
All in all, Dr. Schöpf spent 16 years in Africa, overseeing the building of a modern hospital from the foundations
up to the installation of medical equipment. From the outset he realised that, apart from a general hospital, what was
needed was a specialised tuberculosis sanatorium and another for the numerous leprosy-sufferers in the region.
Over the years, many people came to recognise the value of the hospital Dr Schöpf founded, the fruit of a
lifetime's work as a missionary, and have ensured its continuation by supporting it. Rudolf Geigy, Professor at
the University of Basle, founded the Basle Foundation for Developing Countries, which in turn set up a medical
training centre for auxiliaries and medical students.
The whole operating wing was funded by Bishop Dr. Paul Rusch of the diocese of Innsbruck. Further Austrian support
for the hospital was given by Dr. Anna Dengel from the Tirolese Ausserfern and the Medical Mission Sisters
organisation she founded.
Helping people help themselves has always been a guiding principle for this kind of missionary support.
The staff at this hospital are very motivated, but if they are to continue they need our support.At the moment
only one small steriliser, which delays operations. Ifakara is also subject to often violent storms, which can
result in power cuts and breaks off external communication. This is why it is now planned to buy a larger
steriliser and a new generator.
Another key part of this project will be the training medical specialistis. Costs: 100.000 - 200.000 EURO!
The special projekt
Some people and institutions have promised their support.
Altbischof Dr. Reinhold Stecher
Vaclav Havel, Exstaatspräsident von Tschechien
Alojz Peterle, Exministerpräsident von Slowenien, Mitglied des EU-Konvents
Günter Platter, Verteidigungsminister
Die Ärztekammer Tyrol
***** liebes Rot Flüh
Please help to help!
Eva & Dr. Erwin Pfefferkorn
Dipl. Sr Christine and Prim.i.R .Dr. Willi Schennach
Circle of friends of hospital and parish Ifakara
|Dr. Erwin & Eva Pfefferkorn
Am Kohlbichl 2
Tel: +43-676-41 11 338
"WIR FÜR EUCH"
|Hans Georg Kreuzer
Verwaltungsdirektor des KH Zams
from left to right: Bishop of Ifakara, priest Andreas Tausch, Evi & Erwin Pfefferkorn, the head of hospital and Toni