Health Improvement Project Zanibar Programme Volunteer

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Health Improvement Project Zanibar Programme Volunteer

Health Improvement Project Zanzibar (HIPZ), a UK charity established in 2006, has created a unique model of healthcare delivery in Zanzibar. Through an innovative collaboration with the Government of Zanzibar, HIPZ endeavours to strengthen the services provided in two rural hospitals. Since taking over the management of Makunduchi  ospital in the south of Zanzibar and Kivunge Hospital in the north, HIPZ has transformed health services for 300,000 people – a quarter of the population of Zanzibar. This has been achieved primarily through a unique collaborative approach, building on local capacity and the expertise of our volunteer doctors and other healthcare  professionals. HIPZ has been working to improve mental health care in Zanzibar since 2014 with the initiation of weekly, nurse-led mental health service at both hospitals. HIPZ has been instrumental in increasing the awareness of mental distress and psychosocial disability within the Zanzibari community, as well as in the training and mentoring of Zanzibari clinical staff.

HIPZ is currently working on expanding our work with a focus on the development of community-based services that improve access to effective support for rural communities in the north and south of Unguja, Zanzibar. Key service developments underway include increased emphasis on psychological approaches, including the introduction of an initiative based on a successful “Friendship Bench” model used in Southern Africa, and improving collaboration with Zanzibar Ministry of Health-recognised traditional healers. HIPZ also focuses on expansion of our clinical team, training of staff and community outreach via awareness raising and training.

HIPZ is seeking two experienced and motivated individuals with an enthusiasm for improving mental health services in low resource settings to support the HIPZ with operations, capacity-building and coordination.

More about the role and person specifications here.

How to apply
Please send us your curriculum vitae and a supporting letter (maximum two sides of A4) outlining how you meet the person specifications. Please include details for two references with your application – please note
that we will only contact referees with your permission.

Please send your application to petemcgovern1@gmail.com no later than 5pm on Friday 6th December