In Tanzania, students from private medical training institutes (PMTI) have struggled to access opportunities that would provide them with practical clinical training. Historically, these students have had to rely on securing practicum opportunities within public health facilities, which are limited.
To address this issue, SHOPS Plus partnered with stakeholders to design a private-to-private practicum model to ensure students from PMTIs are gaining hands-on clinical skills in family planning, HIV, and malaria. This activity aims to improve the clinical performance of private providers, which is an essential component to improving the quality of services provided.
A group of 50 nursing and midwifery students from private medical training institutes in Dar es Salaam received practical clinical experience at private medical facilities from June to September 2018. In the pilot, students rotated to learning sites at various private health facilities and hospitals where they learned about family planning, integrated HIV care, antenatal care, and primary health care.
Watch the video below to see the benefits of this intervention.