Do your healthcare elective or internship by assisting in a public hospital on a tropical island in the Indian Ocean! On Pemba island you can do your healthcare elective or internship if you are a studying medicine, midwifery, nursing, physiotherapy or psychiatry. Immerse yourself in a different culture while gaining valuable work experience and exploring the less known island off the coast of Tanzania. *Doing a healthcare placement in Pemba is a cheaper and less touristic alternative to its neighbour island Zanzibar.

Hospital profile

At a glance

Departments available for internships:

Surgery, ENT, Internal Medicine, Paediatrics, Gynaecology and Ostetrics, Orthopaedics, Emergency Department/Triage, Psychiatry, TB Clinic, Dental Medicine, Physiotherapy, Laboratory, Pharmacy and general bed wards for men (34 beds), women (40 beds), children (40 beds), and maternity (43 beds). Additionally, students can participate at the "Zanzibar Outreach Program (ZOP)", paying a small additional contribution. Once a month, ZOP does medical outreach activities of varying focuses including screenings, treatments and training in rural areas of Pemba. This can be arranged on-site through your supervisor.

City: Pemba
General practitioners: 11
Specialist physicians: 8
Assistant physicians:
Nurses: 45
Other especialists:
Annual outpatients
Total of beds: 157

Hospital Description

Abdulla Mzee Hospital in Mkoani on Pemba Island is the most modern public hospital on the whole Zanzibar archipelago. All smaller district hospitals refer patients to this hospital, as it is the main public hospital for the island of Pemba. The hospital is named in the memory of the locally very famous physician Abdulla Mzee who treated patients on the site free of charge. It was built in 2016 and is financially and medically supported by the Chinese government. There are permanent Chinese doctors and hospital staff at Abdulla Mzee Hospital who also train the local staff. The elective/internship supervisors can speak English, but many hospital staff and patients can only communicate in Swahili. As Pemba Island is more conservative and less influenced by international tourism, it is important that as an intern you adapt to local culture in terms of dress code and behaviour. World Unite! will prepare you for this.


Internship profile

Typical day and tasks of an intern

The usual working hours are Monday to Friday from 7 am to 1:30 pm, however these times can be flexible depending on the ward/clinic you are placed on. If you want, you can also work on Saturdays and Sundays, and you can do night shifts as long as this is cleared with your supervisor.

Students should bring their own white coat, clean shoes (clogs or new sneakers), single-use gloves, and if you want to join surgery, you should also bring scrubs, hairnet and surgical mask. It is also recommended to bring one's own hand disinfection liquid and one's own stethoscope (if needed).

Supervisors available


Minimum age:

Maximum age:

Minimum qualification of the intern:

Student of relevant field (medicine, midwifery, nursing, physiotherapy or psychiatry).

Application process

Documents required:

Application instructions:


  • 2 weeks USD
  • 4 weeks USD
  • 8 weeks USD
  • 3 months USD
  • 6 months USD
  • 1 year USD

This include:

- 70 USD per week hospital contribution,
- Accommodation,
- World Unite! Service package which includes:

This do not include:

- Meals,

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