From 6th to 20th February, my friend and I are going to volunteer in St Joseph’s Hospital in Tanzania.
The two weeks will consist of us observing and assisting the staff at the hospital. However, as we are not professionals, the work we can do is restricted to simple tasks. Still, the little things we do can create a huge impact on the hospital and the patients.
Tanzania is a developing country, with stark differences in healthcare, compared to the UK. The lack of free healthcare, shortage of healthcare workers, limited training and poor working conditions make working in a hospital all the more difficult. We believe that even the smallest amount of support we can provide will help the professionals fulfil their duties as carers and alleviate some pressure - thus allowing them to focus on more important parts of their jobs.
Not only this, but the shadowing experience will be incredibly useful with the career that I hope to pursue (medicine). We will have the chance to see diseases that are not typically found in the UK, such as typhoid, tuberculosis, yellow fever, malaria and dengue fever.
We’ll be volunteering through The Mighty Roar programme and all donations will help contribute towards the flights, the volunteering team and the community in Moshi.
As we are full time college students, our A-levels are top priority. Because of this, our part time jobs will most likely be insufficient to help fund this amazing opportunity. We would be very grateful if you, our friends and family, could donate to this wonderful cause. Please feel free to give as much or as little as you would like.