Tessa to Tanzania-Volunteer Trip

Hi! My name is Tessa Murray. I am a Registered Nurse at a rural community hospital in central Wisconsin in the United States. In the past I have worked as an RN at a Skilled Nursing Facility with the elderly population and on the Medical/Surgical/Pediatric unit of the hospital I am currently employed at. It wasn't until I began working in the Family Birthplace unit that I found my life's passion as a labor and delivery nurse! Supporting women and their new babies during such a special time in their life is an honor.

Currently, I am planning a 2 week trip to Arusha in Tanzania, Africa to volunteer as a Midwife Assistant and have been accepted into the program with the Medi Trip agency.

Although fertility rates in Africa are high, 40-45% of all deaths of children less than 5 years old are newborns, and many women die due to complications and lack of even basic resources (medication, emergency drugs, equipment, lack of medical knowledge to deal with deteriorating patients etc.).

My assigned placement will be at the Ngarenaro Health Centre in Arusha. This facility is the most popular health center for pediatric vaccinations, antenatal care, labor and delivery and postnatal care services. The staff members vaccinate more than 500 children (0-5 years of age) and care for more than 150 pregnant women PER DAY. They deliver more than 600 babies per month! It is severely understaffed with only 120 workers who are continually overwhelmed. Now more than ever Midwives and assistive personnel are being called to duty beyond their borders.

It's time to challenge myself as a nurse, and human being, to take part in something bigger than myself. I have never traveled to a third world country and desire real insight into the plights of mothers and babies in Africa, and how complex the socioeconomic issues truly are. My goal as a volunteer Midwife Assistant is to use my nursing skills in order to help empower those who do not benefit from medical advancements and knowledge.

I am looking for this opportunity to provide a sense of accomplishment, humbleness and additional gratitude for all the blessings for which I am accustomed to here at home. This volunteer experience will certainly inspire me to continue to carry out humanitarian efforts in the future.

Costs for this trip include:
Airfare $1,200.00-$1,500.00
Program cost & lodging $675.00
Entry & Work Visas $300.00
Passport $135.00
Travel Insurance $95.00
Transportation in Tanzania $75.00
Anti-Malarial Medication-cost unsure
Thank you for your consideration

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Tessa Murray 
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Wisconsin Rapids, WI
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