The Ministry of Health in Tanzania has prioritized efforts to reduce the country’s high infant mortality rate and ensure babies are delivered safely, while both mothers and their children receive health support up until the child has reached five years of age. Infant mortality is linked with the low socioeconomic status of women, in addition to their lack of health-related personal empowerment.
Women who live in rural areas are particularly at-risk, due to lower levels of education and restricted access to health care facilities. Medical professionals in Tanzania work in busy maternity and delivery wards, aiming to prevent harm to mothers and their children through potential conditions such as obstetric haemorrhage, eclampsia, obstructed labour and infections.
Midwifery interns in Arusha, Tanzania, assist in the antenatal assessments, triaging and care of pregnant women. Interns are expected to observe, increase their level of understanding, and assist under the direction and guidance of the medically trained local professionals. They may also provide additional support, compassion, care and companionship to pregnant women and new mothers, with their infants, during this special time of their lives.
It is important to note that the pace of life in Arusha can at times be slower and less streamlined. When patient or work-flow at clinics is slow, interns must be adaptable, proactive, and willing to help where needed (as is appropriate, given the situation).
Healthcare facilities in Tanzania are unlike what you may be used to within your home country. There can be a general lack of adequate medication, as well as under-staffed facilities. Culture shock can be more pronounced and difficult in medical settings, especially when - due to limited funding and scarce resources - patients endure conditions that would be considered unacceptable in other parts of the world. Interns must come prepared to maintain a high level of professionalism, focus and compassion.
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It’s free to apply for this internship. Once we have reviewed your suitability and accepted you onto this program, you’ll need to pay a deposit of US$449 to confirm your place. The remaining balance of your Program Fee (less your initial US$449 deposit payment) will be due no less than 60 days before your internship start date.
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It is important to note that internship fees in Tanzania do not include Ministry of Health contributions / placement donations. These vary depending on the placement and length of the internship and must be contributed in-country. For more details, contact your Program Manager.