Recent Graduate Reflects on Her Time Spent in Tanzania
“I have had the opportunity to question health care practices that are different than in the United States and have been amazed by the reasoning.”
Prosperity Eneh, PharmD 2017, spent five weeks last winter researching the health care partnership between Minnesota and Tanzania while participating in clinical rotation at Ilula Lutheran District Hospital.
While abroad, Prosperity’s itinerary was filled with activities: she visited hospice patients at their homes in remote villages, restocked medication at dispensaries, worked with pharmacists at a clinic for HIV positive patients, attended child care outreach programs, and experienced the delivery of a baby in a labor ward.
“In all these experiences, it [was] eye opening to see how culture, spiritual beliefs, and traditional views are blended into health care practice,” Prosperity said. “It has been a great way to see things from other perspectives.”
These new perspectives have allowed Prosperity to expand her understanding of tropical medicine and providing health care with limited resources. And although the parameters of Tanzanian health care could be perceived as a challenge, Prosperity saw them as opportunities to gain new insight.
“As a lifelong learner, I am always looking for ways to add to my knowledge. I view my time here as a great learning opportunity,” she said, noting the importance of keeping an open mind while observing different cultures and ways of practice. “I have had the opportunity to question health care practices that are different than in the United States and have been amazed by the reasoning.”
One thing that remains constant between both American and Tanzanian health care; however, is the interpersonal ability that medical professionals must possess. During her trip, Prosperity found connecting to the community both professionally and personally to be extremely rewarding parts.
“Of all the amazing experiences, I cannot forget to mention one of the greatest things: the people,” she said. “There [was] overwhelming acceptance and we [were] welcomed into homes with such joy.”
Throughout her time in Tanzania, Prosperity connected with others, experienced a wide variety of health care scenarios, and saw medicine from another perspective. As she looks to her graduation this spring, she can see numerous ways to put her knowledge into action for her future career.
“I had experiences that will affect my personal and professional career for years and years to come,” she said. “All this is possible due to the funds provided by the Judd Alumni Fellowship. I am beyond grateful.”
(Originally published by the GPS Alliance)
Amy Leslie, 612-624-7654, email@example.com