Midwifery Electives in Tanzania
- Placement location: Dar es Salaam and Arusha
- Role: To gain experience from local staff and add to your previous midwifery training
- Requirements: You must be a student studying midwifery. If you are not an elective student, please go to our standard Midwifery in Tanzania project page.
- Types of Placement: Hospitals
- Accommodation: Host family
- Length of placement: From 2 weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
If you take your Midwifery Elective in Tanzania you will not just learn a lot from your time there, but you will also be helping poor and disadvantaged women and their babies who will benefit from your support. Maternity units will not have the level of equipment or resources that you are used to. You will learn a lot about birth in a developing country and learn how resourceful midwives have to be working with limited facilities.
You must be a student studying midwifery to do an Elective placement. Projects Abroad has many years of experience in coordinating Elective Students in Tanzania. We have in-country staff who will help organize with you and your university and make sure you are placed in a medical facility that will best fulfill the requirements of your chosen Elective.
At your placement you will be assigned a qualified member of staff as your supervisor. They will be on hand to answer your questions and discuss specific cases with you. They are eager for you to have a productive time with them and you will learn a lot about the midwifery profession in Tanzania.
Tanzania Midwifery Electives
You will be placed in maternity units in either Dar es Salaam or Arusha. The largest unit deals with up to 90 births a day. Your role will be mainly observational and will depend upon your specialty. You will be able to provide emotional support to women in labor, show them to their beds, and be an extra pair of hands for the midwives. You will be able to observe C-sections take place and check babies after they are born. You may also support the mothers with the care of their babies.
The more proactive you are in your placement, the more responsibilities you will gain. Maternity practice in Tanzania will be different from what you are used to. You may find some births quite shocking and you should try to refrain from becoming emotionally attached to the patients, meanwhile staying available to support the women and the midwives.
You will live with one of our local host families who will welcome you as part of their family. You can spend your free time with our active Projects Abroad community, exploring the area.
Midwifery Student Electives in Tanzania are available for shorter periods than 4 weeks. While you will be able to gain valuable medical experience on a short-term trip, we recommend staying for a longer period to allow yourself more time to get to know the local medical system, see more of a variety of conditions and procedures, and develop stronger relationships with local medical staff.