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IIP-Levolosi Health Centre
Arusha, Tanzania (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Partner Institution/Organization Homepage: Click to visit
Restrictions: Princeton applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Dept Offering Program: IIP, International Internship Program (IIP) Program Type: Internship
Language Prerequisite: No Program Features: Academic Study, Field Work, Lab Based Work
Degree Level: 2 First year Ugrad, 3 Sophomore, 4 Junior Time Away: Summer
Housing options: Student Responsibilty with support from IIP and/or Host Organization Program Group: International Internship Program
Program Description:
The Levolosi Health Centre
The Levolosi Health Centre is a primary healthcare facility that provide the entire range of services, with a particular emphasis on maternal and reproductive health care. Levolosi Health Centre also has an Eye and Dental unit for students interested in Ophthalmology and Dentistry.

Intern Responsibilities: IIP interns will have the opportunity to shadow doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals as well as opportunity to interact with patients and learn how the patient perspectives influence the delivery of health services. Health services are delivered in a team context; through these internships the students get to understand the role of the diverse team that functions together to deliver health services. IIP interns will work in one of the following areas:
  • Pediatrics and child health department - The IIP intern will work alongside pediatricians and shadow and learn in such domains as: patients clerking, formulation of diagnosis, common ailments affecting children in developing countries, formulation of treatment plans for acute and chronic pediatric ailments, counseling and prevention strategies for patients.
  • Obstetrics and gynecology - The IIP interns will be incorporated into the team delivering health services on care of the mother during and after pregnancy. The IIP interns thus participate and learn in such activities as: pre-and-post natal care, proper diagnosis and ordering of treatment and rational use of drugs, management of pregnancy including how to carry out natural child birth, c-section operatives, basic life support and emergency care in relation to this department as well as health promotion and prevention activities under maternal health.
  • Accidents and emergency - The IIP interns will become part of the emergency care team. Within the duration they learn, observe and shadow in such activities as first aid administration, resuscitation and other life support procedures, emergency medicine drugs rational use, trauma treatment and management, body isolation techniques as well as the basic principles of referral of patients. The IIP intern will also learn about the prevention and promotional activities that are aimed at the reduction of medical emergencies and how the facilities are prepared for handling mass injury incidences. The interns also shadow in the taking of radiological images and the interpretation of x-ray films. 
  • Surgery- The student becomes part of the hospitals surgical team through observational learning through which they are able to understand how to prepare for different surgical procedures, conducting a surgical physical examination, interpret radiological data and surgery implication, how to collect and collate the surgery notes at all stages learn on the timings of special surgeries and the principles of anesthesia as well as the essential medication for surgical recoveries. The students are also able to understand the patient interaction and communication though such activities as obtaining consent and directing patients.
  • Pre-dentistry- The IIP interns participate and learn in such activities as: history taking and physical examinations, dental case management, general dental care, routine cleaning and check ups, permanent and general fillings, composite restorations, tooth extractions, treatment of gum diseases, incision and drainage and root canal treatment.
IIP interns may also contribute to the work of other departments such as Public Health, Internal Medicine, Intensive Care.
Qualifications: IIP candidates with interests in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, physics, and global health are encouraged to apply.
Previous work experience (in the words of a past intern): 
"Volunteering in the Health Centre as a pre-medical student allowed me many clinical opportunities that I would not be able to have in the States. The comparisons that I was able to make between medicine and healthcare versus the United States will serve me well in my future studies, practice, and medical experiences."

Dates / Deadlines:
This program is not currently accepting applications. Please consult the sponsoring department's website for application open dates.
This program is currently not accepting applications.