Makunduchi Hospital is one of only 2 cottage hospitals on the main island of Zanzibar and serves the whole population of the South District. Construction of a new link road has recently been completed and will further increase the catchment area for the hospital by approximately 20,000 people. The island has one main hospital (Mnazi Mmoja), which acts as a referral centre for a population in excess of 1 million people.
Currently the medical services provided are largely primary care, basic maternity services and some minor surgery, with the occupancy of its 30 beds for in-patients. The hospital is managed by HIPZ (Health Improvement Project Zanzibar) in partnership with the Ministry of Health and now has a new delivery unit with the capability to perform Caeserian sections and deliver emergency Obstetric care, as well as a 24-hour ambulance collection service.
Two consultant surgeons from the UK have worked for many years in Zanzibar and Tanzania and are currently involved in a project to support and improve the services to this hospital. They have established a comprehensive obstetric service including provision for caesarean sections, in addition to renovating all hospital wards and the operating theatre, establishing a blood transfusion service, building a new maternity unit and training numerous staff.
The current focus of HIPZ is to improve maternal and child health services. Doctors or surgeons of any speciality are welcome – however we generally require visiting health professionals to be able to stay for a period of 6 months or more. Obstetric, Paediatric, General Surgery and GP experience are particularly useful. Midwives able to work for a period of 6 months would also be extremely helpful.
The hospital is located about an hour and a half from the main airport in Zanzibar. Flights or ferry from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar are very frequent.
Accommodation is available on site.
Length of stay will largely depend on the visitor, but best if doctors can stay for at least 6 months.
A visa is required and information can be found at: http://tanzaniahighcommission.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=ar…
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