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News from Beth on nursing in Dar es Salaam

Beth Dodd, a nursing student at Kingston and St George’s University, London wrote this blog whilst on an Act4Africa placement in Tanzania this summer.

Greetings from Dar es Salaam! I’ve been working through rotation and loved my first week on the medical ward at the Amana Hospital.  All the nurses, doctors and student nurses have been incredibly welcoming. The severity of patient’s illness and diseases of common occurrence here are not what I would ever see at my local hospital. I feel I have learnt a lot, even when communication can be a barrier. Tumaini, Act4Africa’s co-ordinator, has sorted me out with wifi, so I can come back to the hotel and study up on the medicine or patient symptoms that are new to me. My second week, on the neonatal ward, was much harder, although I did have had some good experiences, especially at feeding times!

beth-dodd-tumaini-dar-es-salaamTumaini has been wonderful with helping me and we have kept regular contact. She really helped me out with my ferry tickets for a weekend trip to Zanzibar. I had a beautiful time walking around Stone Town and snorkeling further North of the island. I have also visited the Tinga Tinga arts co-operative in Dar and plan to see the National Museum this week.

Unfortunately, the return ferry, yesterday, made me very sea sick though. This morning I still had motion sickness, so did not attend the hospital, but by mid-day after some lunch, I have felt back to normal.

The accommodation is fine, the staff are also incredibly friendly and I feel safe. They have many wedding parties and engagement parties here. I love being nosey and people watching when I’m having dinner.

Thank you so much for this opportunity.

Beth Dodd