Sr. Dr. Marian Scena, Medical Missionaries of Mary

Sr. Dr. Marian Scena, Co-Director of the Faraja Community Based Healthcare Centre in Singida, Tanzania, with staff who conduct home-health visits and home palliative care in the community.

Since April 2006, Sr. Dr. Marian has been the Medical Officer at the Faraja Community Based Healthcare Centre in Singida, Tanzania, a remote municipality of over 200,000 people. Initially, the Centre provided services for those affected by HIV/AIDS, including voluntary councselling and testing, awareness-raising about HIV, malaria and malnutrition. Over the years, the programme has expanded to include people, especially cancer patients needing hospice and palliative care, persons with disabilities survivors of gender-based violence and those affected by human trafficking.T

In 2021, Sr. Dr. Marian Scena was presented with a ‘Distinguished Graduate Award’ from her Alma Mater, University College Dublin, where she received her degree in medicine in 1975. he video below tells a brief story of her calling into life as a missionary with the Medical Missionaries of Mary, and her eventual journey to becoming the Co-Director and programme doctor of the Faraja Community Based Healthcare Centre in Singida, Tanzania. She and her team there provide palliative care, end-of-life care and home hospice care for the poor in Singida Municipality, a remote district of nearly two hundred thousand people.

“It is such a privilege, and often very humbling, to do Hospice and Palliative Care. There are so many precious moments when I am touched by our patients, when they have been stripped of everything as they journey to meet their God. It is such a privilege to be part of their journey!”

Sr. Marian Scena, MMM

Learn more about the Faraja Community Based Healthcare Centre, and Sr. Marian’s work there in The Faraja Centre: Community Based Healthcare for a remote community, a case study from Misean Cara’s 2022 Annual Report.


Sr. Marian also writes about her first-hand experiences serving patients through the Faraja Centre’s outreach services to seriously ill patients.

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