This Nursing and Midwifery program, in partnership with a number of medical facilities and NGOs, explores the practices and challenges of child and maternal healthcare in Northern Tanzania. Students will gain insight into the provision of healthcare, particularly maternity-related healthcare, in the context of Tanzania. Exposure to hospital settings, clinics, and traditional medical practices and beliefs will acquaint students with the intricacies of nursing and midwifery. They will gain firsthand knowledge of the triumphs healthcare providers have seen, the challenges they face, and the individuals and organizations working to improve nursing and midwifery in Tanzania.
This faculty-led program will be largely based in Arusha, a city in the Arusha region of Northern Tanzania. Arusha is an economic hub in the Arusha region and is home to several government, private, and mission hospitals, clinics, and dispensaries. Students will have the opportunity to visit some of the busiest hospitals in the region such as Mount Meru Regional Referral Hospital, for example under the guidance of Arusha’s esteemed City Nursing Officer, Sister Jane Bararukuliliza.
Being one of the busiest and fastest growing cities in Tanzania, Arusha has a growing demand for healthcare services, particularly for women. This has seen to the emergence of hospitals such as Kivulini Maternity Centre by Maternity Africa, which offers free maternal healthcare to women and girls. As such, Arusha is an opportune location from which to base a study of nursing and midwifery, and the challenges associated with expanding services, not only in general, but to meet the needs of vulnerable groups such as women and girls of childbearing age.
Furthermore, Arusha is home to a diverse collection of ethnic and linguistic communities thereby making it an ideal place to develop students’ cross-cultural responsiveness and responsibilities as global citizens, whilst cultivating transnational and cross-cultural professional relationships.
During this program, students will:
- Expand their intercultural communication skills through engagements with local community members
- Critically reflect on the intersectionality of the challenges associated with providing healthcare services to marginalized groups
- Articulate an understanding of traditional medical practices and beliefs, the place they hold in local cultures, and the extent to which modern medicine has borrowed from these practices
- Evaluate the extent to which Maternity Africa’s model for providing free maternal healthcare in Arusha through Kivulini Maternity Centre is both effective and sustainable
- Cultivate and nurture professional relationships with local nurses and midwives
Note: Specific learning outcomes and activities can be constructed in collaboration with EDU Africa’s dedicated curriculum development team.
Sister Jane Bara
Educated in Tanzania, Sister Jane Bararukuliliza holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing and Midwifery. She has gathered enormous practical, administrative and leadership experience working in many different facets of the nursing and midwifery branch of the healthcare sector in Tanzania for close to 30 years. Sr. Jane currently holds the title of City Nursing Officer for Arusha City, and is responsible for the management and oversight of 650 nurses and 1500 medical attendants across Arusha’s 5 hospitals, 16 health centers and 72 dispensaries.
She also serves as a member of the Council Health Management Team, a government structure that oversees healthcare delivery in both the public and private healthcare sectors.
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