Volunteering for Doctors in Tanzania
- POSITION: Doctor
- PLACEMENT LOCATION: Maasai community
- REQUIREMENTS: Full qualifications as a doctor & relevant licence to practice
- ACCOMMODATION: Host family
- LENGTH OF PLACEMENT: From 2 weeks
- START DATES: Flexible
Projects Abroad is in need of qualified doctors to help treat patients in an under-resourced and under-staffed Maasai community hospital in Tanzania. You will work alongside local doctors and nurses in a variety of different hospital departments, including the new maternity unit.
Facilities at the hospital are basic and treatment is not always to the standard expected in the developed world. Ninety per cent of the patients are Maasai and the hospital runs regular community outreach programs in order to educate and treat the more remote members of the community.
This project is ideal for anybody who has experience in the medical field and would like to work closely with a rural community with limited resources. You will need to be open-minded and sensitive to the fact that Maasai traditions can influence certain medical cases and treatments.
How can volunteer doctors help in Tanzania?
The hospital in which volunteers work has a shortage of staff and it is therefore important to remember that the doctors and nurses are very busy. You need to be flexible, open minded, and able to work independently where necessary.
You can use your knowledge and training to work on tasks such as:
- Working with existing staff to treat patients, including:
- Monitoring patients
- Helping diagnose medical conditions and planning/providing appropriate treatment.
- Exchanging ideas and discussing different treatment plans.
- Helping with daily tasks like preparing beds for patients, folding bandages, and monitoring patients.
- Helping to plan and coordinate the outreach programs in the nearby communities.
- Discussing ways of developing and improving working conditions at the hospital.
You must also be prepared to get involved in everyday tasks at the hospital such as washing floors, making beds, and making patients comfortable.
You will work from Monday to Friday and your working hours will be flexible, depending on the daily activities.
What will I gain from this project?
Working in a rural hospital, you will learn and practice methods of treating patients different to those used in the developed world. You will also benefit from discussions with fellow professionals and pass on any information from your home country. Working under pressure with a lack of facilities will help you improve as a doctor.
You will also learn a lot about the Maasai culture and way of life. Locals will be eager to hear about your life back home, your family, and your friends. We believe that this cultural exchange helps our volunteers gain a new perspective on life.
Whilst the local medical staff speak English, please bear in mind that the majority of your patients will only speak Maasai.
What will Projects Abroad PRO provide?
We have over 20 years’ experience of running volunteer projects. We provide you with the following support to make sure your time in Tanzania is successful and enjoyable:
- Safe accommodation close to your placement.
- Friendly and dedicated local staff available to help 24 hours a day.
- A member of staff to meet you at the airport when you arrive.
- Medical and travel insurance.
What skills or qualifications do I need?
You need to be fully qualified as a doctor and have a relevant license to practice in your country of residence. You will also ideally have at least one year’s experience of medical practice.
Please contact us if you think your knowledge may be useful on this project but do not have the required qualifications.