In late March, much like the rest of the world, Tanzanians became concerned about the risk of COVID-19 and a number of our local partners made the difficult decision to temporarily close their rehabilitation clinics. This was done to protect staff and patients, but also to allow for the reallocation of staff and physical facilities to an anticipated increase in COVID 19 cases. As a consequence, we have paused our volunteer program overseas and launched an online learning program in clinical kinesiology. It has been received with great interest by clinical staff in Tanzania. We look forward to welcoming volunteers and salaried clinicians back to the clinics as soon as it is safe to do so. If you are interested in an opportunity, we invite you to email. Preparing for the trip takes time and orientation, which we can do now.
As a result of a generous award, Pos+Abilities is able to hire a full-time clinician and clinical instructor to manage our projects on the ground in Tanzania. The appointment is for 1 year, renewable for up to 3. This is a salaried position, and includes return airfare and accommodation, a vehicle and local driver. The successful candidate is expected to provide direct patient care, supervise clinical volunteers on 3-month rotations, and oversee our educational program for local health care providers.
The ideal candidate would have clinical and teaching experience in a low-resource environment, and be comfortable working in a multidisciplinary team. Knowledge of East African culture and the Kiswahili language would be great assets, but there are opportunities to learn on the job! This position would especially suit a mid- to-late career clinician. Our centre of operations is Mwanza City in northern Tanzania, and we service clinics in rural and semi-rural settings with limited access to diagnostic facilities and specialist services. Contact email@example.com
Dr. Ryan Tagaki is our most recent full time clinician, working at our clinics at Kanyama Village, Magu District Hospital and with our partners at SOS Childrens’ Villages and Villages of Hope. He left in March 2020, at which time, we withdrew our volunteers for their safety during the coronavirus pandemic. While in Tanzania, Ryan worked with many of the children with Cerebral Palsy and in the villages, with adults suffering from musculoskeletal conditions as well as osteoarthritis. He was busy every day and says there are most often several patients waiting at the clinics. He had help from Clinical Officers employed by local government at the clinics and several volunteers from Hands on Health Australia. During his time off, he connected with VSO and CUSO volunteers and had some opportunity to travel, including to a nearby wildlife sanctuary.
Pos+Abilities is looking for clinical volunteers who can commit approximately 3 months to assist children and families affected by disability. Physiotherapists, chiropractors, occupational therapists, nurses and prosthetists will find this the experience of a lifetime, working with multidisciplinary teams in rural and semi-rural clinics in northern Tanzania. We provide some assistance with travel and accommodation, and volunteers will work under the direction of a resident clinician/clinical instructor. Tanzania is a peaceful country with some of the most striking natural attractions in Africa – think of Mount Kilimanjaro and the Serengeti Plains. We have been working with local governments and communities for more than a decade, and have a great network to provide support for volunteers. These positions would especially suit new graduates and those looking for a short, but meaningful sabbatical from their normal clinical routine. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
We are also looking for volunteer help in fundraising, publicity and technical support in delivering our online programs. Contact email@example.com
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