Tanzania Christian Clinic

The Tanzania Christian Clinic (TCC) was founded to educate healthcare providers in the treatment of tropical diseases and to alleviate sickness by treatment and prevention. TCC exists to offer quality healthcare to all who are in need with the primary focus being those who are medically under served in this Northern part of Tanzania. Mobile medical clinics are scheduled on a regular basis to serve the outlying areas.

Medical Issues

A myriad of tropical infectious diseases are prevalent such as malaria, typhoid, schistosomiasis, tuberculosis and various forms of severe enteritis. In addition, HIV-AIDS is prevalent with all its manifestations. Hypertension occurs frequently as well as occasional diabetes. Dental fluorosis is a universal problem among the indigenous people.

The Staff

The staff of Tanzania Christian Clinic consists of volunteers and employees. Current volunteers include Danny Smelser, MD, Nancy Smelser, RN, MSN, Ed.D. Employed staff includes David, Clinical Officer, Salina, Nurse, Ester, Laboratory Technician and Peninah, Pharmacist. CompassioNow is supporting the salaraies of these indigenous healthcare professionals.


Tanzania Christian Clinic is located in Ngaresh Juu, a rural village in northern Tanzania. The nearest town is Monduli, about 6 km away. The larger city of Arusha, Tanzania, lies 50 km to the east, and Nairobi, Kenya, is a four hour drive to the north. Well-known tourist destinations such as Mt. Kilimanjaro, the Serengeti, and Ngorongoro Crater are a few hours away by automobile.


A variety of social/ethnic groups are represented in the Monduli district, with the major tribes in the area being Maasai and Chaga. Although Swahili is the predominant language, there are many who speak only Maasai. About one third of the population in the Arusha region are Muslim, one-third Christian (of various denominations), and one third of tribal faiths.