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Participating cities (LC's) Moshi- Kilimanjaro
Languages Languages English
Currency (how much is a Bigmac?) Tanzanian Shillings
Time zone GMT+3hours (Eat African Time)
Number of Doctors and beds per 1000 people Ratio of 1 doctor to 30 000 patients as of 2010, Hospital beds per 1,000 was 0.70 as of 2010.
Member of IFMSA since... August 2011 (Candidate member)
Number of incoming students per year enter number
Who are our NEO's Gerald Makuka
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Welcome Note

--- SCOPE- TAMSA welcomes you to the wonderful nation of Tanzania and all its glory. In Kiswahili we say 'karibu sana' which means your most welcome to the peaceful country of Tanzania. Tanzania is located in East Africa along the Indician Ocean. it is home of natures greatest such as the highest mountain in Africa Mt Kilimanjaro, one of the seventh wonders of the world the Ngorongoro crater, the biggest national park in Africa the Serengeti, the largest lake in Africa Lake Victoria alongside others. Tanzania got its name in 1964 after the Union of the Island Zanzibar and the mainland Tanganyika to form the United Republic of Tanzania. The language of Kiswahili that originated in Tanzania is spoken all over East Africa. There over 120 tribes in Tanzania. The people are very friendly and it is considered rude to even ask someone of his/her tribe origin. The largest religion is Christianity followed by Islamic religion. The capital city is Dodoma but dar-es-salaam is the political and commercial city and one of the busiest city in Africa as it is where the port is situated. The people of Tanzania have a lot of delicious food to offer such as chapati( traditional pancakes), pilau( traditional rice), cooked bananas etc.

An exchange in Tanzania is worth it and you'll have a wonderful time. Karibuni sana.


--SCOPE- TAMSA ( Tanzania Medical Students Association) has recently been added to the big family of SCOPE- IFMSA. We have the beautiful medical University of Kilimanjaro Christian Medical College( KCMUcollege) in the touristic town of Moshi- Kilimanjro to offer. The University is located at the base of the Kilimanjaro Mountain. The medical University was founded in 1997 with the largest faculty being the faculty of medicine. Within the capus there is the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre Hospital(KCMC)where students do there clinicals. It is also the referral hospital for Nothern zone. KCMucollege has great international ties such as Duke University who have established the Medical Initiative project Initiative (MEPI) and Weill Corneill university. Wonderful Accomodation for international students is provided at the International Doctors cottages. --

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Our health care system

-Mainland Tanzania is divided into 21 administrative regions and 113 districts with 133 Councils. There are a total of about 10,342 villages. Primary Health Care services form the basement of the pyramidal structure of health care services with a number of dispensaries, health centres and one District hospital at the district level. Currently the health facilities for both public and private include 4,679 dispensaries, 481 health centres distributed throughout the country. The geographical accessibility of the current primary health facilities is reported to be at about 90% of people living with five kilometres.

The hospitals

-There are 55 district hospitals owned by Government, 13 designated district hospitals, owned by Faith Based Organisations (FBO) and 86 other hospitals at a first referral level (owned by Government, parastatals and private sector). There are 18 Regional Hospitals, functioning as referral hospital for district hospitals and 8 consultancy and specialised hospitals in the country as well as one national hospital Muhimbili. Muhimbili is the founding and biggest hospital in Tanzania where all cases are referred.It has modern equipment and technology to deal with the most difficult of clinical cases. It is situated in Dar-es-salaam. ---

Our medical education

-There are also seven medical universities, of which six are privately owned. The total annual intake in the pre-service training institutions has been increasing over the past 4 year with enrolment of 3,500 students in 2007. Medical education provided in Tanzania is excellent and students graduate as competent medical doctors however the total output from health training institutions in the past nine years was 23,536, which is not sufficient to cover the needs. Medical education is for a toatal of 5 years plus a year of internship. At KCMUcollege in the first 2 years you do basic theory medicine and from 3rd- 5th year its clinical. 4th year is year of research and electives. Due to MEPI (Medical Education Project Initiative) examinations are done online in the computer laboratory. Clinicals start everyday from Monday-Friday at 7.30am with a morning report then from there you start hospital work.On every Wednesday morning we have a clinical conference where students, Drs, lectures present their research papers and thesis. 4th year students are also on- call. ---

Cultural differences

-Though there are many tribes over 120 but due to strong nationality cultural differences amongst different tribes is quite minimal and all tribes are united by one language of Swahili. It is considered even rude to ask one of his/her tribe. Tribes such as the Massai are very cultural and maintain their ethnic origin strongly. The culture of most Tanzanian's is hospitality. Tanzanian's are very hospitable people and love visitors from abroad. Our sense of hospitality, kindness and loving nature is the key to our peace. ---

Accommodation & Boarding

-Comfortable accommodation and boarding will be provided in the KCMC campus at the doctors/international students cottages.---

Social program

-Social program will be there but at the expense of the incoming student and will include Mountain Kilimanjaro climbing and Game safaris in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro just to mention a few. When in College students can partake in sporting activities during evenings, shopping and social outings at night.---

Local & National transportation

-Local and National transportation to and from the Kilimanjaro International airport will be provided. Moshi is a small town and when in Moshi transport from point A to point B will be through public transport using public taxi's which are very cheap less that $1 USD. ---


--weather can be hot or cold depending on the season. From May- around August it usually a bit chilly but from then onwards it is hot. rainy season starts in December to february. Students will be informed prior to coming of the weather changes.-

Social life

-Social life is great.As long as your here feel free to interact with the locals. from morning on weekdays you'l start your day with clinical rotations up to 3-4pm. in between you'll break for breakfast and lunch. Breakfast and lunch will at the local restaurants which offer both delicious African and Western dishes at very good prices. At night their is 'nyama choma' that is braai meat which is very very tasty!!! In the evening when you break off you can do anything including sports or relaxation. There is also a modern well equipped computer lab for internet usage.---


--Your all welcome to Tanzania and I am sure you will have an amazing experience. For anymore information or questions your welcome to ask me at

Cities offered for exchange

Moshi- Kilimanjaro - Location: Northern Tanzania, Kilimanjaro Region. Kilimanjaro is one of the 30 regions of Tanzania. The capital of the region is Moshi. The Kilimanjaro Region is a home to Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest Mountain in Africa. The region is bordered to the north and east by Kenya, to the south by the Tanga Region, to the southwest by the Manyara Region, and to the west by the Arusha Region. Continues..

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