US Medical Volunteers to Assist in Building Health Sector Capacity

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On July 23, President of the United Republic of Tanzania Dr. Jakaya M. Kikwete welcomed to Tanzania a group of eleven American health professionals who will provide medical and nursing training to health education institutions in Tanzania under the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and supported by the Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP) initiative. The initiative is jointly run by Peace Corps and a United States based not-for-profit organization Seed Global Health, which deploys volunteer nurses, physicians, and other health professionals to serve one-year assignments as faculty in medical or nursing schools abroad with the goal of filling critical gaps in both educational and health services delivery in recipient countries.

United States Ambassador to Tanzania Alfonso E. Lenhardt hosted the volunteers at the U.S. Embassy in Dar es Salaam on July 22, where he expressed his gratitude to the health professionals for volunteering their time, energy, and expertise to assist in building Tanzania’s human resource capacity in the health services sector. He underscored commitment of the American people to supporting Tanzania in addressing critical health issues, such as malaria, HIV/AIDS and overall improvement of quality of health care services as integral part of its development assistance to the country.

The Peace Corps Volunteers have expertise in various fields of medicine such as – general medicine, women’s health, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, anesthesiology, family medicine, cardiology, mental health, nursing and midwifery. Prior to arriving in Tanzania they underwent a one week briefing on health care education and delivery in resource-limited setting; and they received refreshers in tropical medicine/infectious disease and addressed procedures for accessing medical support and consultation during their service.

After completing their final orientation with Peace Corps Tanzania, they will travel to their sites and serve as faculty members and service providers in seven medical and nursing training institutes namely Bugando Medical Centre – School of Nursing, Sengerema DDH/Teaching Hospital, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS), Mirembe School of Nursing , Mvumi DDH/Clinical Officers Training College, Baylor Pediatric Centre for Excellence in Mwanza and Mwananyamala/ICAP – TB, HIV and AIDS Centre for Excellence.