Kibosho Hospital is situated in the Moshi region of Tanzania. It is a District Designated Hospital (DDH) based in the village of Singa, Kibosho East Division and lies 1400 meters (5800ft) above sea level on the slope of Mt. Kilimanjaro. The hospital is supported by the Catholic Diocese of Moshi and staffed by nursing sisters of Our Lady of Kilimanjaro.
The hospital is well equipped for routine surgical procedures and has a good pharmacy and an excellent HIV clinic. The main body of the hospital is split into 3 wards/departments, Male, Female and Paediatric. There is also a separate Maternity ward, with ante-natal, post-natal and post-surgical departments. There is no department for premature babies, but if needed patients can be transferred to a bigger hospital nearby for more specialist care.
There is a separate building where dental and eye clinics are held frequently, but with outpatients only.
‘CTC’ is the HIV/AIDS clinic, and has been open only a few years. The clinic is staffed by a team of specialist doctors, pharmacists and nurses, as well as several HIV victims, who work as volunteers.
The hospital has all the usual departments of a general hospital, with two operating theatres plus a minor procedure treatment room. The hospital relies heavily on donations of normal medical supplies, such as surgical gloves.
The hospital has students from the large KCMC hospital, who undertake electives at the hospital. Kibosho is a charming, friendly hospital and offers a more personal experience for visitors than some of the larger teaching hospitals.
All types of surgeons welcomed, especially if able to bring a teaching package. Obstetrics and Gynaecology is also much needed.
Elective students welcome.
The hospital is located about an hour from Kilimanjaro airport and visitors can be met by prior arrangement with the hospital.
Accommodation is available at the hospital for around $25 a day including meals. This accommodation is within a block of flats where doctors and their families live and is simple but safe and friendly. There is also accommodation off site.
Length of stay will largely depend on the visitor.
A visa is required and more information is available at: http://tanzaniahighcommission.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=ar…
There may also be a medical license fee doctors; check with the hospital.
email Dr John Materu
Myself and 9 other 1st/2nd year medical students came here for a week long placement in July 2012. All of us felt very welcome, and even in such a short space of time, we were able to get a feel for Paediatrics, Maternity, Theatre and Outpatient wards. The staff were very happy to accommodate us, explain what was going on, and answer our questions all throughout the day. A few elective students were there when we were, and were also really friendly and seemed to be having a great time too.
I can’t comment on the accommodation on site, as we were housed up in the local Missionary, but I can say that where we stayed was clean, friendly and had some stunning views to boot! The hospital is very rural, up in the foothills of Mt Kili, and I would say that going in a group would be better as it is pretty isolated… But the rural location means that it is also in a beautiful part of the world, and when not working at the hospital, it was great to take in some of the scenery – especially Mt Kili.
Very interesting experience, and completely different to medicine back in the UK, I would thoroughly recommend a visit to really get a feel for medical care out in Africa. Supplies are short, and the hospital was very grateful for our donation of sterile gloves.
Overall, a hugely welcoming, very educational and enjoyable place to be.
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I completed a four week placement in Kibosho for my Nursing elective March-April 2012. The Kibosho hospital community is a welcoming friendly environment and are fully supportive of elective students. I spent my time working in Maternity, Theatre, Outpatients and the HIV clinic. I feel the HIV clinic is the most impressive part of the hospital, and I learnt so much from the Doctors and Nurses who work there.Anyone interested in Infectious diseases would greatly benefit from this placement. I was accommodated by the hospital in one of the Drs flats, and had my own room, kitchen and bathroom for the duration of my stay. One thing I would say about this placement is that is perhaps more suited for a group or couple of individuals together, as it is fairly rural and internet and phone access is limited. All meals were provided by the hospital canteen, very generous portions of a range of local delicacies.
Student nurses can also greatly benefit from some time in the School of Nursing attached to the hospital, where I attended lectures and celebrations and made a great many friends. I would also recommend for individuals to bring their own supplies of gloves as hospital supplies can be short, any donations are always welcome, they are especially in need of sterile gloves and tourniquets!
I would greatly recommend Kibosho hospital for any Nursing or Medical student as it is an excellent learning environment, and a realistic experience of everyday hospital life in Sub Saharan Africa
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