MATERNAL & CHILD HEALTH

The programme is designed to train healthcare professionals at birthing centres as well as hospitals around Zimbabwe, and then support them in order to provide expecting mothers with counseling services, HIV testing, while administering non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor drugs that are used to reduce the risk of mother-to-child HIV transmission at birth and early childhood. Most recently, the Kapnek staff managed to implement the World Health Organisation Option B+ strategy for HIV positive women, which nearly eradicates mother-to-child transmission. While Chidamoyo Christian Hospital became the first referral health centre to record a 100% HIV-free newborns in Zimbabwe.

BACKGROUND TO THE PROGRAMME

The programme has two sites, one is ​a rural, full service hospital serving the poor population in north-western Zimbabwe. Its inpatient and outpatient serves over 70,000 people every year. The hospital was recognised as the first in Zimbabwe to have no children born with HIV in a calendar year. The hospital is used for medical programmes, including research by universities. It also provides educational scholarships that graduate approximately 3,500 students, whilst offering support to over 50 child-headed households. Clinical rotations available at this hospital are: general internal medicine, surgery, obstetrics, gynaecology, paediatrics, and pathology. 

The second site is mobile, and moves around Zimbabwean Provinces offering support services at our partner centres to healthcare professionals working on the frontlines of preventing mother-to-child HIV transmission. 

Highlights of the Programme
  • Work alongside healthcare professional in a different country to support their daily activities
  • Offer support to under-resourced healthcare professionals and patients
  • Be involved with an impactful programme with measurable results
  • Move around Zimbabwe site seeing, whilst assisting at healthcare centres (voluntourism)
  • Befriend locals, and make friends for life
  • Experience both urban and rural medical facilities

GALLERY

they came, they EXPERIENCED, they loved it!

Tiritose is amazing, and as for Zimbabwe, I have no words. I have really enjoyed my time here, from going to Pari (largest public hospital), and Ecosurgica (upmarket specialty private clinic), and then our in Magunje in the rural areas, and awww! the excursions. Best internship ever.

JESSICA HIPPOLYTE

It is a good programme for experiencing real Zimbabwean life and local culture. Especially for people who enjoy educating and playing with kids, as well as someone who intend to expand their knowledge on floras and faunas

GAVIN LAU

"Harare may not be the first gap year destination on your mind, but I have been blown away during my time here. It is a beautiful country, with the best climate I've experienced yet and the friendliest people"

KATIE HEYWOOD

"Zimbabwe has given me so much more than a volunteering exercise, its broadened my horizons and taught me so much about the human spirit and … oh! along the way I’ve worked with some inspirational people with a vision to have addiction treatment delivered in this country. So I have to come back, again and again to see this vision and dream realised"

AMANDA J THOMAS

"My time with the children? Well, where can I start? Number 1, they defintiely changed my life, I saw life from their own eyes, so innocent and full of hope. I was just happy to play big brother to them all. Remembering my third grade vocabulary wasn't as easy as I thought it would be haha!"

YUSUF IYA

A DAY IN THE LIFE…

The programme is located within a local Zimbabwean community, and so it is important to learn to live like a local. At the rural hospital, you can expect to wake up real early, after all they say it’s the early bird that catches the worm right?

With the mobile support services team, they days can be long, and food is always on the go as you move from district to district, but is there a better way to see what Zimbabwe has to offer than visiting the different places?

0730

Devotions / Prayers

08h00

A chat with supervisors in the office – game plan for the day

08h30

Hospital rounds

11h00

Tea Break

11h30

Outpatient Department 

14h30

Outreach Immunisation and Antiretroviral Therapy Clinic

13h30

Lunch

16h30

Departure from work to your accommodation

ACCOMMODATION

At the rural hospital, you will be accommodated in a very comfortable double story, grass thatched shared house, and we provide you with three meals a day including snacks. When you are on the mobile support service team, you will have an option between a shared apartment or house, homestay (local family) a backpackers/hostel, or hotel. All the accommodation is comfortable and located in safe residential areas either in the city centre or a few kilometres from the nearest town.

To keep the costs low, it is advisable to share rooms. The houses, apartments and hostels are equipped with satellite TV and internet. A laundry and cleaning service is also provided.

We really make sure that you feel at home, and smoking is only allowed in the designated areas away from the house, apartment, or hostel.

DETAILS: YOU ASKED – WE ANSWERED

Tiritose supports volunteers and interns coming to Zimbabwe and ensures that the experience is equally rewarding for yourself and our programme.  Our application is split into two categories:

Volunteer – education / skills / work experience required

  • Degree/ Masters/ PHD in public health care
  • Confident with healthcare practices and health care settings
  • Degree/ Masters/ PHD in physical therapy
  • Confident with physical therapy practices
  • Must have work experience in physical therapy

Intern – education / skills / work experience required

  • Student enrolled in a physical therapy or public health programme
  • Confident in physical therapy practices
  • Confident in public health matters
  • Experience would be beneficial

Very Simple !!

Just fill in the application form,

Hit the button below or the one at the bottom of the page

(Apply Now)

Please start your initial inquiry at least three (3) months before your preferred start date!

Tiritose is a one-stop-shop! We provide airport pick up, take you to your first night accommodation, and sort you out with refreshments! After a good night rest, we will start your in-country orientation, which will be done according to the needs and requirements to best prepare you for your programme placement. It’s not all paperwork though, we will make sure to show you some amazing places at the same time, giving you a glimpse to your African adventure. From your in-country orientation we will drive you to your placement site and introduce to your supervisor. We will make sure you are settled and ready to go!

Tiritose operates a shuttle service, which you may take advantage of (at a small cost) during the week as well as on weekends for your excursions.

Orientation

Upon arrival, you will undergo a comprehensive programme aimed at preparing you for your stay in Zimbabwe and specifically the city/town as well as the volunteer or internship activities. This is a follow-up to the initial acquainting online orientation completed prior to arrival.

Orientation will cover transportation system, renting vehicles, appropriate dress in communities and for work. Cultural sensitivity, mutual respect and appropriate ways to carry yourself in public.

Similar to other countries with buzzing cities/towns, a little common sense and following the rules will ensure your safety. Orientation will include history of the specific area and guest stars from the Zimbabwe Republic Police will appear for further safety talks.

Orientation also marks Shona/Ndebele/Tonga 101 classes. You will achieve more especially working with kids if you can string a sentence in the native language.

You will also receive your placement schedule during orientation. However, we operate responsible volunteering and value your input and so the schedule may be evaluated using your feedback in order to have the biggest impact.

Tiritose is a one-stop-shop! We provide airport pick up, take you to your first night accommodation, and sort you out with refreshments! After a good night rest, we will start your in-country orientation, which will be done according to the needs and requirements to best prepare you for your programme placement. It’s not all paperwork though, we will make sure to show you some amazing places at the same time, giving you a glimpse to your African adventure. From your in-country orientation we will drive you to your placement site and introduce to your supervisor. We will make sure you are settled and ready to go!

Tiritose operates a shuttle service, which you may take advantage of (at a small cost) during the week as well as on weekends for your excursions.

Work hard and play hard (that’s the motto). City sightseeing and other excursions in and around your project area – there is a loads to do, and we have it all for you to explore!

We will help you plan adventures across the continent and hook you up with great specials through our various partners inside Zimbabwe as well as the rest of sub-Saharan Africa. Have a look at the tours on offer, and if you cannot find what tickles your fancy, give us a shout, and we will make it happen.

Culturally Appropriate Clothing

Medical practitioners in Zimbabwe attend work in formal dressing, males wear shirts, ties and long trousers. Female doctors are expected to wear below the knee skirts or dresses, with modest, non-revealing tops that do not show too much skin. Zimbabwe is a culturally sensitive place, and we urge interns to be mindful of this fact, and avoid such clothing that may be deemed inappropriate for the workplace. Interns need to be aware that we ask you to cover up tattoos as they may have different meanings or significance in Zimbabwe. For males we ask you not to wear earrings during your time at the schools, and for females, a simple stud will do.

DATES & RATES

We offer monthly programmes, starting on the first Monday of each month. Programme costs are calculated on a calendar month basis in American dollars.

Should a month be too long or too short, please enquire with us, we are here for you!

What Does The Cost Include
  • Application process
  • Pre-departure information pack
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • In-country orientation: including local area tour
  • One weekend excursion
  • Accommodation (shared): including laundry, WiFi, and all utilities
  • Meals: 3 meals per day including snacks (only in the rural placement)
  • Transportation for work related travel
  • 24/7 on-ground support
  • Local sim-card
The Programme Cost Excludes
  • Flights
  • Meals in the City as we only provide meals in the rural placement
  • In-country transportation (upon request, we provide a shuttle service)
  • Travel and medical Insurance
  • Visas (where applicable)
  • Any other items of a personal nature
WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO

Tiritose operates & runs ethical programmes, ensuring responsible travellers who want to enjoy a holiday, whilst contributing to the local communities, environment & wildlife conservation efforts, do so in a safe & sustainable way.

We are the most transparent organisation as a registered non-profit organisation. 70% of the volunteer fee goes directly towards programme running costs, something you will gain an appreciation of when you arrive in Zimbabwe. 30% is utilised to ensure we prepare for your induction, health & safety as well as staff salaries. Although the operations cost more money to run, we operate a lean model to ensure maximum contribution to the programme.

COULD NOT FIND WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR?

Contact Tiritose for further information about education focussed programmes at any of the programme sites. If you have found your own internship placement or volunteering opportunity in Zimbabwe, we can still assist with accommodation arrangements, airport pickups and leisure tours when you have some free time. We have friendly and energetic worker and queen bees who are passionate about Zimbabwe, they will answer all your questions and will be able to take you to all the places you may be curious about☺.

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