Assist local medical
professionals in
Tanzania

Gain first hand experience in a busy government hospital

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  • Duration
    1-24 weeks
  • Minimum age
    18+
  • Start dates
    1st & 3rd Saturday
  • From
    £170
  • Duration
    1-24 weeks
  • Minimum age
    18+
  • Start dates
    1st & 3rd Saturday
  • From
    £170

Tanzania Medical Volunteers

This is your opportunity to gain first-hand experience and insight into the health care system in Tanzania. You will shadow and observe local professionals as well as get hands on to help support the local team with basic tasks.

The Tanzania Medical Experience is perfect for taking your university elective placement, gaining some experience before your studies or if you are a trained professional. This is a unique chance to experience what the healthcare in a developing country is like, while exploring everything this amazing country has to offer.

Tanzania has some of the lowest coverage rates of health personnel in the world. With widespread poverty, there are substantial health challenges such as persistently high child and maternal mortality and high a number of cases of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and diarrhoea. 

Like with many African and other developing countries, Tanzania faces an acute shortage of health care workers. Limited training, poor working conditions and low pay all contribute to the severe problem.

Suitability

Who is it for?
Medical students, qualified professionals and volunteers with no experience
Departments available
Outpatients, general medicine, tropical medicine, general surgery, gynaecology, maternity, pre and post-natal care, high dependence unit, physiotherapy, laboratory, ultra sound, x-ray and autopsy.
Elective placements
Medical, midwifery, nursing, pharmacy & physiotherapy

Free healthcare is no longer provided, making obtaining basic medication, check-ups and any other medical needs out of reach for the majority of the population. Although there is basic healthcare insurance, this generally does not cover all illnesses or medicines.

However, there has been a number of important public health achievements in recent years, including a fall in childhood deaths and HIV prevalence.

You will be placed at St Joseph’s Hospital, which is located in the town of Moshi. Founded in 2001, the hospital is partly funded by the government with the remaining majority by the Catholic church.

The hospital welcomes around 250 outpatients each and every day and has a total bed capacity of 150 - which are divided into male, female and paediatric wards. The busy labour ward sees around 300 babies born every month, so is an ideal placement for midwifery students or professionals.

There are around 150 staff that run the hospital, with 5 general practitioners, 2 surgeons, 42 medical attendants, 38 nurses, 22 midwives, 9 laboratory technicians, and 1 physiotherapist.

You will have the opportunity to be placed in many different departments so that you can receive a broad view of the hospital. You can also request to dedicate your time and be placed in just one or two departments for a more tailored experience. We can place participants in the following:

Outpatients, general medicine, tropical medicine, general surgery, gynaecology, maternity, pre and post-natal care, high dependence unit, physiotherapy, laboratory, ultra sound, x-ray and autopsy.

During your time in Tanzania, you will get to witness a wide range of cases that you may never come across in the UK. These can include typhoid, tuberculosis, yellow fever, malaria, dengue fever and more. You will get to learn all about these tropical diseases and how best to treat them in a challenging environment.

You will generally volunteer from Monday to Friday, from 8:30am to 3pm (including a one-hour lunch break. If you wish, or if your course requires, the working hours can be extended and you can even request to work night shifts or at the weekend.

You will be working alongside qualified local staff from the specific departments. You will gain hands on training, supervised under experienced English-speaking medical experts. You will vastly increase your own knowledge while having the ability to help out in simple but practical ways.

Experience the best of both worlds, with all of the amenities and free time activities of a tourist town while volunteering on worthwhile projects in the surrounding rural villages.

Located in the tourist town of Moshi, you are conveniently located to take advantage of everything this amazing country has to offer! Head out on safari in the world’s best destination in search of the Big Five, relax on the golden sandy beaches in the beautiful Zanzibar, climb Mount Kilimanjaro (or just look in awe from it’s base!) or trek through the rainforest to find hidden waterfalls.

Please note, your level of involvement on the programme is dictated by your medical experience, duration of your programme and your willingness to get involved. It is completely up to your medical supervisor what you are permitted to do. While the majority of volunteers can assist with many tasks, this is not something we can guarantee. 

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