Misericordia University and Wilkes University are offering college students, faculty and health care professionals an opportunity to participate in a global health care service program in Karagwe, Tanzania in June 2015. The two-week program will offer the opportunity to work with community partners in a variety of hospital and community settings and services including in- and out-patient health care, women's rights, micro-finance, safe water and communications.
Participants will be immersed in the culture of the United Republic of Tanzania, an eastern African nation of approximately 44.9 million people that is bordered by Kenya and Mozambique on the coast of the Indian Ocean.
Linda Winkler, Ph.D., M.P.H., coordinator of the Tanzania Short-Term Study Abroad Program at Wilkes University, and Cynthia Mailloux, Ph.D., R.N., C.N.E., professor and chair of the Department of Nursing at Misericordia University, are collaborating on the 2015 trip with the assistance of Maria Nasolla, B.S.N., assistant nursing director at Nyakahanga Hospital, the district hospital of the government of Tanzania in the Karagwe District. Workers there provide medical care for about 230 admitted patients and 200 outpatients a day.
Nasollah visited with students, staff and faculty at both universities during a recent visit to Pennsylvania to provide an overview of the global service opportunities available in her native country.
Dr. Winkler has been travelling to Tanzania for 13 years. Faculty and students from Temple University, Philadelphia, Pa.; University of Pittsburgh, Carlow University and Duquesne University, all of Pittsburgh, Pa., and The Commonwealth Medical College, Scranton, Pa., have taken part in previous trips that she organized.
"Students and faculty from any academic discipline are welcome to take part in this global health immersion experience," says Dr. Winkler. "There are service opportunities in a variety of areas. Participants will have the chance to meet with African leaders who are working to address concerns including AIDS, HIV, economics, safe water and women's issues, and in doing so will become more aware of their own cultural and global perspective."
"Misericordia University is happy to be able to join in on the extraordinary experience Dr. Winkler has established," adds Dr. Mailloux. "Participants will have the opportunity to shadow with doctors and nurses and program managers in social service agencies, and see firsthand the challenges and inequities that exist in global health care in the 21st century."
Faculty from the two universities will accompany students on the trip. Participants in the program fly into Entebbe, Uganda with a layover in London enroute to Uganda. A visit to the Lake Victoria city of Bukoba is included in the travel itinerary to Tanzania.
The cost of the two-week program is $3,400 and includes tuition for a 3-credit study abroad class, all transportation in Africa, room and board (three meals a day), bottled water for drinking, and international health insurance. Those not interested in earning credits can audit the class for a reduced rate.
For more information about Misericordia University, please call (570) 674-6400 or log on to www.misericordia.edu. Founded and Sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County's first four-year college and offers 34 degree programs on the graduate and undergraduate levels in full- and part-time formats. Misericordia University ranks in the top tier of the Best Regional Universities – North category of U.S. News and World Report's 2015 edition of Best Colleges and was designated a 2015 Best Northeastern College by the Princeton Review.
Linda Winkler, Ph.D., M.P.H., coordinator of the Tanzania Short-Term Study Abroad Program at Wilkes University, left, and Maria Nasolla, B.S.N., assistant nursing director at Nyakahanga Hospital, Karagwe Tanzania, get a tour of the Sim Room in the Erwine Nursing Lab and Classroom at Misericordia University by Cynthia Mailloux, Ph.D., R.N., C.N.E., right, professor and chair of the Department of Nursing at Misericordia University, during a planning session for the June 2015 global health immersion trip to East Africa.