The Tanzania Rehabilitation Initiative
GPN is proud to be a founding member of the Tanzania Rehabilitation Initiative – a collaboration to increase accessibility to rehabilitation services for children and families affected by disability. Under the program name of Pos+ Abilities, we are partnering with the Magu District Council, the Tanzania Home Economics Association, and Villages of Hope to service rehabilitation clinics in northern Tanzania, and to deliver the first post-graduate educational program in rehabilitation for clinical officers in Tanzania. Currently, clinical officers – the front line primary care providers in Tanzania, receive extensive training in infectious diseases and acute care, but essentially no training in rehabilitation. However, as campaigns against malaria, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis are showing great success, chronic musculoskeletal disorders have emerged as the single greatest health burden on the East African economies. Pos+ Abilities is happy to be on the forefront of tackling this important challenge. For more information on this initiative, or on the following positions, please contact Brian@globalpeacenetwork.ca
Clinician/Clinical Instructor Wanted
As a result of a generous award, Pos+ Abilities is looking for a full-time clinician and clinical instructor to manage our projects on the ground in Tanzania. The appointment is for 1 year, renewable for a total of 3 years, ideally commencing in mid 2019. This is a salaried position, and includes return airfare and accommodation. We also provide 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. 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.
Clinical Volunteers Wanted
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.
For more information on these positions or on the Tanzania Rehabilitation Initiative, please contact Brian@globalpeacenetwork.ca