Pre-University Medical Placements | Global Medical Projects

Medical Electives in Tanzania

The medical and nursing projects in Tanzania are based in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro in Arusha!

As well as gaining experience in medical fields you wouldn’t have been able to see at home, you will also gain experience of how doctors in Tanzania work given the daily challenges they face. Very poor resources mean different approaches are taken. For example the prescribing of drugs is a major problem for Doctors when dealing with the very poor. A patient prescribed a course of antibiotics can, in many cases, only afford to purchase a small number of pills and the chances of them completing a full course are very slim. Despite the lack of resources the medical staff are able perform and provide extensive services.

Traditional medicine is also practiced in some of the hospitals and there is active research into areas where it has been found to be effective. Local healers’ are still regularly consulted in Tanzania and some of their methods are known to have very good effects. It has been known when medicines are in short supply for patients to be advised by doctors to find specific local plants and trees to make teas and follow the traditional healing methods.

The placements

Our placements in Tanzania are based at the three main hospitals in Arusha.

The hospitals act as a referral centers to other health facilities in Arusha and Manyara Regions. There is greater attendance during the rainy season (January to April) due to the increased incidence of Malaria, Cholera and Pneumonias. The common conditions which are seen at the hospital include communicable diseases mainly TB, Malaria, Anaemia, HIV and non-communicable diseases mainly Diabetes and Hypertension. This is in addition to casualties where fractures are the most common cause of attendance.

Standard hours that the volunteers will be able to spend in the hospital will be Monday to Friday, 8am until 3pm. However these are flexible and likely to be varied due to the nature of the placements.

The hospital has just over one hundred beds and provides in and out patient care in the following fields:

Surgery
Dental
Radiography
Maternity and paediatrics
Ophthalmology
HIV/AIDS counselling
Infectious diseases
Accommodation on this project is in our group accommodation and with local families, usually sharing with others. You will be joined in Tanzania by others on our medical, teaching, media and business projects.

Costs:

Cost in £

2 weeks3 weeks4 weeks5 weeks6 weeks
£1,195£1,295£1,395£1,545£1,695

Cost in Euros

2 weeks3 weeks4 weeks5 weeks6 weeks
1,595€1,695€1,845€2,045€2,245€

Cost in US $

2 weeks3 weeks4 weeks5 weeks6 weeks
$1,895$2,095$2,295$2,595$2,795

Cost in Auz $

2 weeks3 weeks4 weeks5 weeks6 weeks
Au$2,390Au$2,590Au$2,790Au$3,090Au$3,390

Cost in £

Extra weeksExtra monthsLanguage courseOrphanage project
£150£595£100 (per week)£100

Cost in Euros

Extra weeksExtra monthsLanguage courseOrphanage project
200€800€135€ (per week)135€

Cost in US $

Extra weeksExtra monthsLanguage courseOrphanage project
$240$995$160 (per week)$160

Cost in Auz $

Extra weeksExtra monthsLanguage courseOrphanage project
Au$300Au$1,190Au$200Au$200

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