Mental disorders are very common in almost all countries of the world, and are known to largely affect socioeconomic development and growth. Despite guidelines from WHO for mental health service frameworks, Tanzania still struggles with the successful treatment and rehabilitation of patients, who are suffering from various mental health conditions and/or additions. Limited in-patient facilities, resources and competent professionals who are to qualified to treat complex cases also means that many individuals remain untreated for years.
Psychology interns in Tanzania work in an outpatient mental health department, where patients from the community are received, assessed, diagnosed, and referred to various in-patient facilities. Interns assist alongside a mental healthcare professional to deliver vital services to patients and their families.
Activities can include:
- Working alongside mental health clinicians and social workers
- Observing mental health assessments and treatments
- Assisting with counselling and psychoeducational sessions
- Assisting with delivery of care to people who cannot access major hospitals
- Assisting with delivery of health promotion and health education
- Delivering small scale observational report on your experience and findings
- Observing the effects of long term mental illness on day to day living amongst the most underprivileged, as well as the widespread impacts of mental illness on the local community
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.