The provision of Obstetric Surgery & Gynecology services is a top priority for the Ministry of Health in Tanzania, given the country’s efforts to reduce their infant mortality rate. Government and healthcare teams work tirelessly to ensure that babies are delivered safely and given the best care and support during their critical early years. Internships within this field provide valuable and rewarding learning experiences, which are sure to have a lasting impact on personal and professional development.
This is an in-country internship, with accommodation and meals provided.
Fertility rates remain high across Africa and there is a challenge to ensure that both expectant mothers and new babies receive the best care and support. Women and families who are affected by low socioeconomic status are vulnerable to receiving poorer health outcomes, given restricted access to nutrition, education, and general resources for health and wellbeing.
Obstetric Surgery & Gynecology interns in Arusha, Tanzania participate alongside local obstetric and gynecology surgeons, as well as labour and delivery staff, who work to assist pregnant women struggling with complex pregnancies and deliveries. The types of procedures commonly performed by the medical team include:
- Spinal or IV anaesthesia for C-sections
- C-Sections and uterine dilation/curettage/evacuation procedures
- Deliveries (including vacuum assisted deliveries. emergency C-sections, etc)
- Perineal laceration repair (e.g. 3rd and 4th degree lacerations and obstetric fistulas)
- Management of fetal malpresentation (external cephalic version or breech delivery)
- Neonatal resuscitation
- Gynecological examination
- Management of post delivery gynecological issues
- Family planning consultations
Given the challenges faced within this sector, interns in Tanzania must be prepared to encounter healthcare systems which are typically under-resourced and under-funded, while also observing that patients endure conditions that would be considered rare or unacceptable in your own home country. Interns should come prepared to encounter culture shock and bear in mind that the local supervising and coordinating teams are available to provide guidance and support throughout.
Interns are advised that patient flow in and out of clinics and hospitals is unpredictable. Adaptability is essential - just as there are times that are very busy, there may also be days when patient flow is decreased. All interns are strongly encouraged to be flexible, proactive and willing to help where it’s needed. You will be welcome to discuss your schedule at all times throughout the internship, should you wish to pick up any extra hours or take time to rest. Any requests for extended hours are subject to availability and must always be discussed with the in-country coordinator in advance, who can facilitate arrangements and liaise with local stakeholders.
This internship is conducted in English; however, some patient interactions are likely to be carried out in local languages. In such circumstances, interns are required to demonstrate patience and compassion. The relevant staff and supervisors are available to debrief and discuss sessions, when the moment is appropriate. At all times, interns in Tanzania are encouraged to consider your supervisor and in-country coordinator as valuable and knowledgeable resources and mentors. They’re in the best position to provide guidance and local context into the needs and challenges of the local community, and will be happy to support your learning experience throughout this internship abroad.
It is important to note that the internship placements grouped as “Medical” require interns to make a Ministry of Health contribution. This supports the operation of placements and covers supervision for interns on medical-related placements. This contribution is not included in the internship program fee; it must be made directly, in-country, under the direction and guidance of the Program Coordinator in Arusha. Interns will not be permitted to commence their placement until this has been covered. The amount of the Ministry of Health contribution varies, as it is not the same for every clinic/hospital. However, to cover the contribution sufficiently, we ask interns to budget up to US$75 per week.
Obstetric Surgery & Gynecology interns learn from a qualified and experienced supervisor, and can be involved in:
- Shadowing and assisting local obstetric and gynecology surgeons, as well as labour and delivery staff
- Assisting expectant mothers in antenatal classes and birthing preparation
- Helping new mothers and infant babies, under the supervision and guidance of your supervisor
- Collaborating with the local medical team to promote safe and healthy birthing practices
Professional development opportunities:
- Build your understanding of the routine roles of obstetric surgery and gynaecology department staff
- Gain understanding in building relationships with new and expecting mothers
- Build culturally intelligent communication skills, while building a sensitive perspective and engaging in self reflection
- Gain experience in responsible duties before, during and after childbirth
- Enhance practical skills and boost your employability, with guidance from Intern Abroad HQ’s Experiential Learning Curriculum to support your learning and cultural intelligence.
- Approximately Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm. It is important to understand that flexibility is a key requirement for this internship placement, as there are no “standard business hours” for childbirth and babies may not be delivered every week. Interns will establish a regular and expected schedule with the supervisor. You will be welcome to adapt your schedule or contribute extra hours, provided that discussion and agreement to do so takes place between you and your coordinator/supervisor.
- Gain practical understanding into this career path from qualified local professionals
- Build genuine relationships and assist both new and expecting mothers
- Enjoy spare time in Arusha, go on safari in the Serengeti, and explore world famous natural landscapes
Types of host organizations:
- Health clinics
- Birthing clinics
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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.
|Internship Duration||Program Fee (USD)|
|2 weeks||2 weeks||$1,284|
|3 weeks||3 weeks||$1,389|
|4 weeks||4 weeks||$1,494|
|5 weeks||5 weeks||$1,599|
|6 weeks||6 weeks||$1,704|
|7 weeks||7 weeks||$1,809|
|8 weeks||8 weeks||$1,914|
|10 weeks||10 weeks||$2,124|
|12 weeks||12 weeks||$2,334|
|Internship Duration||Program Fee (USD)|
|2 weeks||2 weeks||$1,384|
|3 weeks||3 weeks||$1,489|
|4 weeks||4 weeks||$1,594|
|5 weeks||5 weeks||$1,699|
|6 weeks||6 weeks||$1,804|
|7 weeks||7 weeks||$1,909|
|8 weeks||8 weeks||$2,014|
|10 weeks||10 weeks||$2,224|
|12 weeks||12 weeks||$2,434|
It is important to note that the internship placements grouped as "Medical" require interns to make a Ministry of Health contribution. This supports the operation of placements and covers supervision for interns on medical-related placements. This contribution is not included in the internship program fee; it must be made directly, in-country, under the direction and guidance of the Program Coordinator in Arusha. Interns will not be permitted to commence their placement until this has been covered. The amount of the Ministry of Health contribution varies, as it is not the same for every clinic/hospital. However, to cover the contribution sufficiently, we ask interns to budget up to US$75 per week.