VOLUNTEERING IN HOSPITALS
Kibosho Hospital is one of the three Council Designated Hospitals (CDH) owned by the Catholic Diocese of Moshi. The hospital is in Moshi Rural District, serving the Northern and Western parts of the District.
The Hospital started as dispensary in the year 1929. At the beginning it was consisted of one building with 7 rooms and a few mud huts thatched with grass. The present wards for male, female and pediatrics were built between 1958 and 1965. At the same time was constructed maternity clinic, isolation wards and residence houses for medical officer in charge and hospital matron.
Later there was added also the building that lodge the seven offices for doctors, administrative offices, pharmacy, secretarial offices, Physiotherapy room, and OPD waiting place. The building that lodges the laboratory, xray department, Medical records and reception was erected between 1924 and 1929.
Nowadays in the hospital there are 225 beds, 120-150 outpatients per day and about 100 deliveries in a month.
Every morning there is a daily morning session for doctors, clinical officer, heads of departments and on duty nurses which is mainly for professional discussions and experience sharing on the day to day management of the patents. From time to time staff members are also asked to bring in suggestions and comments for improving Health care delivery in our facility.
The dental department and eye department of Kibosho hospital are offering 1 st class quality services in the whole Kilimanjaro area. Other services that the hospital is also offering are e.g. Reproductive and child health (RCH) clinic, Voluntary Canceling and Testing (VCT), (PMCT), Care and Treatment clinic (CTC) and Home Base Care (HBC).
Interns need to bring their own working clothes and shoes and also lot of gloves and hand disinfection liquid.
St Joseph hospital Moshi
St. Joseph Hospital is funded by the Catholic Church and the Government. It was founded in 2001 and since then, the hospital has been continuously expanding. The most common wards in the hospital are; Female ward, Male ward, Paediatric ward, Out-patient ward, Operation theatre and Laboratory. There is new maternity ward with labour/delivery room. In the hospital there are about 200 out-patients every day and about 300 patients on the wards. This hospital offers internships for nursing and medical students.
St. Joseph hospital is the best of all the training hospitals in Moshi. The staff are professional and motivated. They pay attention to the interns, telling them about their work and the different tasks that they fulfil. The interns are not there just to observe, but they are given different tasks to perform based upon their previous experience and training.
Interns working in St. Joseph hospital need to bring their own working clothes and shoes. We would recommend interns to bring a supply of gloves and hand sanitiser. Several of the staff speak good English but gaining a basic grasp of Swahili is very achievable and will improve your internship due to communication being easier with the patients.