Education & Capacity Building
People in rural communities, like ours, have virtually no access to medical specialists, with only a handful in the entire country and those residing in city centers. When doctors complete their internships and are sent into the field to work, they typically find themselves trying to treat the sickest of patients without specialty training and without the professional support of seasoned colleagues. This happens after just 5 years of medical school and a one year internship. The same goes for nurses fresh out of nursing school, who very often find themselves caring for patients who would be in an ICU in the developed world.
Providing our healthcare workers with continuing medical education opportunities, and professional support is central to FAME’s mission.
From the beginning, we have endeavored to equip our Tanzanian doctors and nurses with the knowledge, skills and resources they need to serve their patients well. Today, FAME takes a four-pronged approach to continuing education, including a rigorous on-campus training program, an overseas medical volunteer program, an online specialty consulting program, and a selective scholarship program for FAME employees.