Al-Hajiry dispensary of SUMAIT University was the first sub-structure to be built and became operational in 1997. This was in line with the main functions of Universities in Tanzania to give services to the community. This is in line with the essence of Africa Muslim Agency/Direct Aid, the owners of the University and the dispensary.
In the first decade, the dispensary was performing well in terms of response from the nearby community. As years pass by, the efficiency was seen to decline due to many reasons including the crumbling building, few staff and limited tools and equipment.
In order to perform its functions well, the dispensary need capable and skilled staff, drugs and medicines as well as tools and equipment. A special up-grading team was established to look into the possibilities of improving its services with respect to rehabilitation of the building, deploying more staff and installing necessary tools and equipment. A three-phase plan was developed to implement the restructuring process. Phase One was for the rehabilitation of the building and display additional staff. Phase Two was to purchase some necessary medical drugs and equipment, while phase Three is planned for the installation of essential medical equipment and additional tools. These include general tools, Theatre and Laboratory equipment.
In order to have real dispensary status some additional services were planned to be included. These include pediatric services, psychiatric services, dental clinic and minor surgical services. Similarly other special services were intended to be offered such as Ultra –sound and Reproductive and Child Health services. Concurrently this would also require improving the pharmacy services that more medicines can be obtained at the same place.