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Lutindi Mental Hospital

Praktikum und Volunteering möglich
Lutindi Mental Hospital is a private psychiatric hospital in the Usambara Mountains, which has been under German direction since 1896. There is a particular focus on Occupational Therapy. Many patients have problems with substance abuse. Internships, elective placements and volunteering is possible for students and professionals of medicine, nursing, psychology, social work and occupational therapy.

Project Description

annemarie mini2A qualified internship supervision for students of psychology is possible at the Lutindi Mental Hospital by our team member Anne-Marie Nielsen (MSc Mental Health Studies, BA Psychology) via Skype.

Lutindi Mental Hospital

Lutindi Mental Hospital is located near Korogwe in the Usambara Mountains in Tanzania, which is between Moshi and Daressalam; around 4 hours by bus from Moshi or 7 hours from Daressalam.

It is probably Tanzania's psychiatric hospital of highest standards. As opposed to other mental hospitals in the country, Lutindi is putting a lot of effort into occupational therapy.
The private hospital was founded in 1896 by German missionaries and became a mental hospital as early as in 1904. It is financially supported by foreign church organizations (United Evangelical Mission) and since its inception has been directed by German mental health specialists in cooperation with German psychiatric organizations. Lutindi Mental Hospital is affiliated with Sebastian Kolowa Memorial University in Lushoto/Tanzania, which has a Bachelor Program in Mental Health and also a one-year specialization course in Psychiatry for clinical officers. Both courses were developed in cooperation with the Bethel Foundation Germany and psychiatrist Prof. Dr. Albert Diefenbacher, director of Hospital Königin Elisabeth Herzberger Berlin.
The hospital is located in the Tanga region within the plain nature of the Usambara mountains, surrounded by farm land, which also belongs to the hospital. It is only reachable by a steep, winded road on a mountain, around 13 km outside the town of Korogwe. Three villages with a total population of around 3000 are reachable by foot. This location, which differs a lot from the big city life of Dar-es-Salaam or Arusha where most of the patients come from, and which therefore is a big change of location and lifestyle, is fundamental to the recovery process of the patients. It is the hospital's aim to involve the patients who suffer from mental problems including substance abuse, psychosis or schizophrenia, into a fixed daily schedule of countryside-life activities.
Activities carried out as part of occupational therapy include tea farming (harvesting twice per week, processing, packaging), the production of sisal products (door mats, etc.) carpentry and wood work, animal keeping, cheese-making, and gardening. The hospital runs its own tea plantation and tea factory. Sisal fibers are first spun, dyed and then woven to mats, baskets, hats etc. The farm has cows whose milk is processed to cheese, and there is cultivation of fruits and vegetables. All of these products are sold at various shops, including the Dar-es-Salaam airport shop, and at church shops in Europe.
The hospital has 120 beds (90 for males and 30 for females) and the patients are from all over Tanzania. Often they are referred by public hospitals to Lutindi, but many are also brought directly by family members.
New patients usually spend their first 2 weeks at the closed inpatient department where they are treated with medicines. Afterwards they start Occupational Therapy activities according to their interest. The total duration of stay is usually 2 months. Around 450 in-patients are treated every year at Lutindi, including repeat patients.
At Lutindi Mental Hospital there are 2 nursing officers, 2 clinical officers and 2 social workers. Most of these professionals are relatively young and have started their job at Lutindi in 2016 when several previous team members got retired. A qualified internship supervision at the Lutindi Mental Hospital is possible via skype by our team member Anne-Marie Nielsen.
Lutindi also runs a psychiatric outpatient clinic at the town of Korogwe, which is often attended by former in-patients. Korogwe is located half way between Dar-es-Salaam and Arusha/Moshi along one of Tanzania's main highways and is therefore easily reachable by public transport. The outpatient clinic is open 3 days per week and serves around 5000 outpatients per year.
The hospital furthermore operates its own medical dispensary, which not only serves the hospital's own patients, but also the people of the neighbouring villages. Every year, around 50 births are given at the dispensary.
Internships/Elective placements are possible for students of medicine, nursing, psychology, occupational therapy and social work. They shadow a professional of their area of interest and are given small tasks to perform under supervision.
These include:
* Participation in the morning report
* Participation in new admissions
* Daily ward rounds
* Drug management
* Participation in group counselling (3 times per week for drug addicts, which are around 30% of the patients), done by the social workers
* Participation in one-to-one counselling (twice per week done by clinical officers)
* Participation in group counselling for patients with schizophrenia/psychosis (saturdays)
* Assisting at the outpatients' clinic in Korogwe (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday with nursing officers)
* Working with patients at occupational therapy activities (e.g. tea factory, farm etc)
The minimum duration of an internship is 3 weeks. The social workers, clinical officers and nursing officers all speak English and also some of the patients. Anyway it is useful to learn some Swahili prior to your internship.
To interns, the hospital provides accommodation of good standard on full board. The weekly contribution to be paid directly to Lutindi Mental Hospital including internship supervision, accommodation (double room) and full board is 120 EUR.
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Location: Lutindi (near Korogwe, Tanga province)
Availability: whole year, flexible start dates
Minimum duration: 3 weeks
Maximum duration: 12 months
Language requirements: English
Further languages of advantage: Swahili
Guest rooms on the hospital campus Krankenhausgelände (Twin rooms of good standard)
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Supervision possible: yes
Qualification supervisor: Psychologist, Physicians, psychiatric nurses, social worker.
Minimum qualification intern:
Pre-medical/nursing studend or student
Further contribution to the project: Yes, 120 EUR per week incl. internship supervision, accommodation and full board.
Volunteering possible: Yes
Expected qualification of volunteer: professional skills/experience
Further contribution to the project: Yes, 120 EUR per week incl. internship supervision, accommodation and full board.
We expect:
Professional work attitude, the "right" attitude

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