LGHV - Dental Professionals - Tanzania

    • Job Tracking ID: 512830-513289
    • Job Location: Various, TZA
    • Job Level: Any
    • Level of Education: BA/BS
    • Job Type: Volunteer
    • Date Updated: October 24, 2017
    • Years of Experience: Any
    • Starting Date: ASAP
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Job Description:

Lutheran Global Health Volunteers


  • Dentist
  • Dental Therapist
  • Dental Laboratory Technician

Assignment Includes:

  • Work alongside Tanzania counterparts to use the existing equipment and supplies of the dental unit to provide necessary dental care to patients that appear in the out-patient department with a variety of oral hygiene issues who would benefit from a dental intervention.
  • Take frequent teaching session with the indigenous hospital staff. As the volunteer leaves, the various tasks and activities can be continued with local hospital staff.

Site Information

  • Bunda Designated District Hospital (BDDH) is situated in Bunda Town on the Musoma - Mwanza highway. The ELCT Diocese in Mara region is the owner of the Hospital and runs it as a Designated District Hospital for Bunda District. The catchment population for the hospital is more than 371,000. The people inhabit the plains just beyond the Serengeti and reaching the Eastern shores of Lake Victoria. The main health problems in the area are malaria, pneumonias, diarrheal and other communicable diseases. The weather is warm with two rainy seasons and a hot dry dusty season
  • Marangu Hospital is an 80 bed facility located in a rural setting at the base of Kilimanjaro National Park (entrance - one of three entrances) at an elevation of 5,000 ft. The local area has about 300,000 people who are mostly peasant farmers (coffee and bananas) and small businesses.

Experience and Skills:

  • Dental Therapist Required; DDS Preferred
  • BS in Laboratory Science
  • Previous experience in a developing country's healthcare helpful
  • Flexibility and adaptability is essential
Terms and Conditions

This is a self-funded volunteer position connected with Lutheran Global Health Volunteers. Volunteers receive basic overseas medical coverage (if requested), and reimbursement for costs associated with visa and work permits required for their period of service. The period of service is flexible with length of service generally between 1-3 months.


General Qualifications for ELCA Global Personnel

  • Christian faith and a commitment to the mission of the church
  • Openness to various expressions of Christian faith and respect for people of other faiths
  • Respect for beliefs, values and customs of church and culture where assigned
  • Well-developed inter-personal skills demonstrating understanding and compassion
  • Demonstrated ability to carry out the responsibilities and the ability to adapt to different standards and practices
  • Ability to work within the framework of a local administration
  • Adaptable and flexible - sense of humor - good physical and emotional health
  • Live and serve in a way which reflects the vision and expectations of the ELCA