Hospitals and health care can be really different from what you experienced in your home country. Usually the access to health care depends on a person’s income, since insurances are not common. It can be really interesting for interns and volunteers to experience the clinical routine in a country like Tanzania since sometimes resources are limited. The Meru District Hospital is large governmental hospital with a capacity of 110 in bed patients. In an average day, 200 patients are provided for. The hospital covers all areas of modern medical care. Among others there is pediatrics, HIV/Aids, malaria, tuberculosis clinic, eye and dental care, mental health and physiotherapy, maternity ward, and over 1,000 operations are performed annually.
You will be part of the daily ward rounds at 9am, when your day at the hospital begins. In agreement with the matron, you will decide which ward you will work in depending on your previous knowledge and interest. That means that your daily work load and work times depend on your specialization and on the demand of the hospital. A usual work day ends at 4pm, and you are requested to work five times a week from Monday to Friday. If you are interested, it’s possible to work on Saturdays, too. Under the guidance of the local doctors and care takers, you will take over various tasks, such as patient care, deliveries in the women’s ward, or assistance with operations. For all interns and volunteers from the hospital, an individual work plan can be discussed so that you know exactly which your tasks are and in which ward you will be active, so optimal care can be guaranteed.
Previous experience is a requirement. In order to work here, you have to be a qualified nurse, a current Medical student, or a graduated doctor of any specialization. Furthermore, you should be vaccinated against all major diseases when working in a hospital.
Working here involves extra costs for the use of the material / instruments and your incorporation and management. Up to six weeks you are asked to pay $150, whereby $50 of it is covered by your project donation. Every additional month will cost $50.