Health care is neither easily accessible nor affordable for many Tanzanians in rural villages and poor urban areas. Volunteers on the medical project help to provide care in these areas and work alongside local medical professionals gaining an understanding of the health care system in the rural area in Tanzania.
Some hospitals, dispensaries and clinics include departments such as laboratories testing, pharmacy, maternity and family planning. Most of rural dispensaries and hospitals luck department of Radiology, ultrasound and Dentistry but this department is found in big hospitals in urban areas. The volunteers who have an interest in any of these areas are asked to make a note in their application.
It is important that volunteers have realistic expectations with regards to the activities that they will be involved in on the medical project. Due to language barrier most volunteers cannot communicate directly with patients, volunteer’s generally shadow local doctors and provide basic patient care as procedures must comply with the Tanzania Healthcare system. The key attitudes for a successful medical volunteer are initiative, enthusiasm and readiness to work in basic facilities with limited resources including simple observation.
Volunteers on this projects must be fully qualified doctors and nurses on have completed at least (2) two years of nursing or medical schools, qualified paramedics, EMTs, CAN’s and other qualified health care, professionals are also welcome to join the medical project in Tanzania.
It is important to note that volunteers are placed in a general practice clinic on hospital rather than working within their specialised roles.
All medical placements require a one off placement fee of US$ 80 regardless of your placement duration. This fee goes directly to the medical centre where you are placed and is payable in Blue Tanzanite volunteer’s charity limited in Tanzania.