Tanzania being one of the very poorest countries in the world today, its people faces so many challenges in the area of Medicine and healthcare. Most of these challenges are brought about by many reasons poverty and lack of health education being the major ones. Our Medical and Healthcare projects are aimed towards providing better healthcare facilities to people living in the semi-urban and rural parts of the country. We works closely with community hospitals both small healthy clinics and big government hospitals, which are under-resourced and under-staffed. If you have an interest or experience in the medical field and would like to work closely with a rural community, this is the perfect option for you. Interns work alongside local doctors and nurses in a variety of different hospital departments. Facilities at the hospital are basic and treatments are sometimes not of the standard one would expect in western countries. You should be prepared to see some shocking cases and try not to become emotionally involved with the patients. Communication barriers with your patients is one of the things you should expect here though we provide basic Swahili lessons twice a week for our volunteers to understand basic Swahili greetings and professional terms/words.
Volunteers are placed in a hospital or dispensary based on previous medical training and experience. The key requirements in a medical volunteer working in Tanzania (aside from the relevant training and qualifications) are initiative, enthusiasm, and readiness to work in unfamiliar circumstances – a surgery with minimal equipment, an understaffed hospital, or a clinic for leprosy or tuberculosis patients.
Our healthcare and medical volunteers also;
- Teach healthy and nutrition courses in schools.
- Teach art and craft together with designing good sports for kids with disabilities.
- Provide fruits, share stories and run exercises with the Old folks homes such as Langoni Old Folks Home.
- Provide child health care education from birth to when they are 10 years old.
- Provide hand wash lessons in schools.
- Visit HIV/AIDS infected people to comfort them and give them fruits and education on how to stay healthy.
NB: For the medical placement, volunteers need to be training or qualified in a relevant medical field. Therefore, volunteers must supply a scanned copy of their medical certificate upon registering into this program. Also, advise which specific department or area you would like to be involved in during your volunteer experience (this must be relevant to your training). Medical volunteers in Tanzania must be registered onto the program at least one month before their due start date, due to the registration process where we have to register you with the local Tanzanian authorities.
Volunteers in their 3rd or final year of medical college, fresh graduates, experienced nurses, or other professional practitioners are the best fit for this program. This is a great platform for those from medicine field to enhance their career growth while spreading awareness about health and hygiene amongst people from poor and illiterate backgrounds.
This program also welcomes Volunteers who are in their 1st and 2nd year of medical college to join the internship program where they shadow the local medical staff in attending patients and learn about the process.
Important notice. Medical volunteers will need to bring a white lab coat. You will not be allowed to work in the placement until you have one, and while you can have one tailor-made for you in Arusha, you will lose at least 3-5 days of work time while waiting for it to be completed.