Addiction medicine


The project was launched after Mnazi Mmoja Hospital (MMH) made a request to Haukeland University Hospital (HUH), to assist with the rising drug problem on the island.


In February 2013 two representatives from the Department of Addictive Medicine at HUH went to Zanzibar to meet representatives from somatic and psychiatric hospitals, commissions, voluntary organizations, patients, and drug addicts. Afterwards, a collaboration with Kidongo Chekundu Mental Hospital (KCMH) was established.

The main objectives are to build a Detoxification Unit to ensure safe detoxification, preparation of a summary of the patient's somatic and psychological needs, and to develop interdisciplinary treatment.

The focus in the project is to help local government, and local health professionals, to develop their own services relevant to the local population. We focus on activities for the patients, such as Mindfulness exercises, and Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR). There was also collaboration with a group of local Zanzibar artists. They offered to conduct sessions at KCMH with the patients, and the result was an exhibition at one of the hotels during the Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF).

Contact information

Office phone: +47 55 97 21 56
Office hours: 08:30 - 15:30

Postal address:
Helse Bergen HF
Haukeland University Hospital
Department of International Collaboration
Post Office​ Box 1400
N - 5021 Bergen

Visiting address:
Konrad Birkhaugs Hus, 3rd floor
Jonas Lies vei 65
5021 Bergen

projects in zanzibar

  • Addiction medicine

    HUH is assisting with the rising drug problems on the island, and are in the process of building a Detoxification unit.

  • Department of Medicine

    HUH has contributed to building a new Children’s Clinic in Zanzibar, and the building is also containing a new dialysis center.

  • Paediatrics

    In 2016 the new Children’s Clinic was opened. T\It was built with funding from Trond Mohn, The Norwegian Embassy in Tanzania, and the Ministry of Health in Zanzibar.

  • Psychiatry

    In 2010 HUH received a request from the social welfare authorities at Zanzibar to enhance the expertise in child and adolescent psychiatry.

partner hospitals

  • Ethiopia

    The first female neurosurgeon in Ethiopia received her specialization through HUH’s neurosurgery program.

  • India

    Inside the campus of CMCH we have built the very first Haukeland House, with 8 apartment available for Norwegian staff.

  • Kamuzu Central HospitalMalawi

    Today the Department of Orthopedic surgery at KCH have only two orthopaedic surgeons to cover a population of 6 million people.

  • Nepal

    The project in Nepal is a tripartite between hospitals in Norway, Nepal and Zanzibar within the field of blood transfusion services.

  • Mnazi Mmoja HospitalZanzibar

    The new Children’s Clinic in Zanzibar opened in 2016. It was financed with funds from Trond Mohn, The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Tanzania, and the Ministry of Health in Zanzibar.

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