Hospital partnership GTP - Newborn unit at the Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH) in Dar Es Salaam

About the project

Within the "hospital partnerships - Partners strengthen health" initiative the GTP commits itself to improving newborn care at the Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH) in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. The project startet at the end of 2018 and receives technical support from the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ) and financial support from the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) as well es from the Else Kroener Fresenius Foundation (EKFS). Our Tanzanian partners have asked for implementation of ultrasound and echokardiography as well as for training for doctors and nurses in various forms of invasive and non-invasive ventilation.

The newborn unit at the MNH has got more than 100 beds and receives between 6500 to 7000 newborns per year as inpatients. The MNH is affiliated with the biggest medical faculty of Tanzania: MUHAS (Muhimbili University for Health and Allied Sciences).


Vacancies - we are looking for lecturers

  • Neonatologists
  • Nurses with experience in neonatology

Wir are looking forward to receiving applications from GTP-members or colleagues who would like to become members and who are neonatologists or nurses with experience in neonatology and who are interested in lecturing colleagues at the MNH in Tanzania.

Experience in working abroad and teaching are of advantage but not crucial.

  • Duration of stay: 2-3 weeks (dates flexible)
  • Requirements: Good English skills
  • Pay: All expenses connected to the deployment will be covered


Contact and application

If you are interested please send a short CV to:
Dr. Carsten Krüger (email) - Programme coordinator in Germany
Dr. Antke Züchner (email) - Programme coordinator in Tanzania


Foto Credits: (c) Muhimbili National Hospital Webblog


Klinikpartnerschaft GTP-Malawi

Über das Projekt

In einem Kooperationsprojekt mit der GIZ, finanziert durch die Else-Kröner-Fresenius-Stiftung (EKFS) und das Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung (BMZ), engagiert sich die GTP, unterstützt durch das Forum für Internationale Gesundheit (, seit 2017 sehr erfolgreich in der fachärztlichen Ausbildung von Pädiatern in Malawi. Der Postgraduierten-Studiengang am College of Medicine in Malawis Hauptstadt Lilongwe wird von mehreren internationalen Partnern getragen und umfasst ebenfalls die Ausbildung von sog. „Clinical Officers“ zur Weiterbildung in der Pädiatrie. Das Projekt besteht für die GTP aus folgenden Komponenten:

  • Bis zu 6 Lehrbesuche deutscher PädiaterInnen im Jahr in Malawi
  • Durchführung von gemeindebasierter Lehre vor Ort
  • Betreuung von Forschungsprojekten, die zu Veröffentlichungen führen
  • Entsendung von freiwilligen ÄrztInnen, Krankenschwestern und Hebammen zum Unterricht vor Ort


Möglichkeit zur Mitarbeit - Dozenten gesucht

Für die Komponenten 1, 2 und 4 sucht die GTP zusammen mit dem BMZ kinderärztliche KollegInnen mit Lehrerfahrung oder Arbeitserfahrung in ressourcenarmen Ländern, die bereit sind, für einen begrenzten Zeitraum (ab 2 Wochen Dauer) in Malawi zu unterrichten und somit als Ausbilder oder Dozenten unser Programm zu unterstützen.

Wir würden uns über Interesse von KollegInnen freuen, die prinzipiell an einer Mitarbeit interessiert sind. Die deutsche Staatsbürgerschaft ist k e i n e Voraussetzung. Weitere Informationen zum Projekt und einer Bewerbung können entweder vom Programmverantwortlichen in Deutschland Dr. Carsten Krüger (email) oder vom Projektleiter vor Ort Dr. Andreas Schultz (email) erfragt werden.

Voraussetzungen für eine Mitarbeit im Modul 1 und 2:
  • Facharzt Pädiatrie, möglichst mit Zusatzbezeichnung
  • Nachweisbare Erfahrung im Unterricht in Postgraduiertenstudiengängen
  • Arbeitserfahrung oder Lehrerfahrung im subsaharischen Afrika/Low-Ressource-Setting
Voraussetzungen für eine Mitarbeit im Modul 4:
  • Abgeschlossene Berufsausbildung in den genannten Disziplinen
  • Erfahrung im Unterricht in Bachelor- und Masterstudiengängen
  • Interkulturelle Kompetenz und Teamgeist

Alle Auslagen in Zusammenhang mit der Vorbereitung und Durchführung der Unterrichtskomponenten in Deutschland und Malawi werden übernommen, ein Gehalt kann leider nicht gezahlt werden. Reiselust, Improvisationsfähigkeit und Abenteuerlust sind von Vorteil. Wir suchen KollegInnen, die uns helfen, junge, begeisterte malawische Fachärzte in der Ausbildung zu begleiten sowie unser Weiterbildungsprogramm in der Pädiatrie für „Clinical Officers“ zu erweitern.

Derzeit gefragte Zusatzbezeichnungen ab Januar 2019:
  • Notfallmedizin
  • Intensivmedizin
  • Qualitätsmanagement
  • Neonatologie
  • Kardiologie
  • Infektiologie
  • Gastroenterologie
  • Neurologie
Derzeit gefragte Zusatzbezeichnungen ab August 2019:
  • Allergologie
  • Pulmonologie
  • Endokrinologie
  • Neuropädiatrie
  • Onkologie und Palliativmedizin
  • Nephrologie


Kontakt und Bewerbung

Bei Interesse schreiben Sie bitte an:
Dr. Carsten Krüger (email) - Programmverantwortlicher in Deutschland
Dr. Andreas Schultz (email) - Projektleiter vor Ort

Ferner füllen Sie bitte das Bewerbungsformular auf der Forin-Webseite aus. Dies erleichtert die Einschätzung auf malawischer Seite, inwieweit ein Einsatz sinnvoll ist.

Friede-Springer endowed professorship for global child health

The tender for the first professorship for global child health in Germany was opened at the University Witten-Herdecke early 2017 and was initiated - among others - by GTP who advocated for its establishment during four years with a dedicated working group (Reinhard Klinkott, Carsten Krüger, Peter Meissner, Andreas Schultz, Martin Weber). Eventually, the long search for a university promoting this area of interest as well as for the required financial support succeeded in 2016. The Friede-Springer foundation (Berlin) could be won for funding.


Prof Dr Ralf Weigel will - for the next five years - conduct research and teach on health care, but also topics such as the holistic wellbeing of children. „Access to health care is distributed very unequally accross the globe, and also within single countries. My main concern is the question: how can we change that?", he describes his working area.
Prof Weigel aims to position his future research at the primary health care level, being the one with greatest needs and greatest poverty in most cases. In many African countries, so called Community Health Workers secure care in the villages. Europe has more doctors, but there are deficits in health care as well. "In all countries, there are people who are disadvantaged and often it is children who are most affected by the old saying ‚being poor makes you sick‘ “, he describes his motivation.

In order to change that, it is important for Weigel to define health as more than the absence of disease and to rather use the definition of the World Health Oranization (WHO) that aims at holistic wellbeing. „For a child, it cannot be all to merely survive. How do family and society support growing up in a loving enviroment, thriving and receiving an adequate start into adult live? Apart from medical factors, and more so, social and societal factors are important for my work.“ In many countries, children live without birth certificates, are without identity and therefore exposed to great risks.

Weigel also has some ideas for teaching in Witten:  „I know that there are a number of student initiatives including and particularly in the area of health. I would like to make sure that students continue to develop this strong willingness to help. In this context, issues of sustainability of engagement should not be overseen. Working abroad myself, I have seen colleagues who committed all energy on individual care of their patients. At the time of returning home, almost nothing had structurally changed through.“

During his paediatric specialty training at Charité Berlin, Weigel worked at the paediatric HIV service and was deployed on short term basis to India and Nigeria. This work sparked his passion: in 2002, he left for Malawi in Southern Africa for eight years. He was working as a doctor but also as a consultant to the Malawian Ministry of Health. „It is one thing, to be a motivated doctor and to establish good contact with your patients - and another to document and evaluate your own work in relation to global recommendations in order to identify gaps and thus enable improvement“, he is reflecting upon this time.

Recently, Weigel was in charge of two postgraduate programmes at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine as a lecturer. Here, he conveyed to young doctors how to align their work to international guidelines and to strengthen the health system of their countries.

From the press release of the University of Universität Witten-Herdecke.

Further information

Paediatric specialty training in Tanzania

Sustainable reduction of child mortality by qualified health personel

This project received the Else-Kröner-Fresenius award for medical development cooperation in 2016 including prize money of 100 000 Euros. The Else-Kröner-Fresenius Foundation ( distinguished this project for its exemplary conception, its sustainability and its impact on health service delivery for children and adolescents in Tanzania.

In 2006, Dr. Christian Schmidt, a GTP board member, initiated a 3-year-long paediatric specialty training at the Bugando Medical Center / Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences in Mwanza (Tanzania). Together with other GTP members (Dr. Werner Schimana, Dr. Carsten Krüger) he had developed a practical curriculum, which then was accepted by the university as well as the state authorities in the same year. At that time there had only been 56 paediatricians serving 17 million children in the country. Until then a paediatric specialty training had only been possible at two universities (Moshi and Dar Es Salaam) and it was not free of charge. Since the launch of the paediatric specialty training in Mwanza 31 paediatricians were successfully trained there (as of 2017) of whom all, apart from two who failed to complete the training and one who is working abroad, are still working in Tanzania.

In 2008 Dr. Schmidt handed his responsibilities over to the GTP member Dr. Züchner, who continued and expanded the work there until 2016. The programme was then handed over to Tanzanian colleagues. Every year, GTP lecturers travel from Germany to Mwanza to teach paediatric subspecialties due to the massive lack of local doctors.

A new development is the expansion of this programme to include the University of Dodoma. The head of the programme is a Tanzanian paediatrician who was himself trained in Mwanza. The specialty training in Dodoma is designed according to the model in Mwanza, has already been accredited and is supported by German lecturers from within GTP since 2017. It is planned, however, to include more and more lecturers from other universities in Tanzania and neighboring Kenya, Malawi and Uganda in terms of a South-South exchange.

GTP will use the prize money to support four project components:

  1. Co-financing stipends over 3 years to participants of the Master of Medicine programmes in Mwanza and Dodoma
  2. Financing visits for on-the-job training of participants in African neighbouring countries and Germany
  3. Technical and structural support of the specialty programmes (medical devices, textbooks etc.)
  4. Co-financing visits of guest lecturers from Germany, Tanzania and African neighbouring countries.

We thank EKFS for the award and we will continue to campaign for sustainable structures to improve the health of children and youth in Tanzania with this speciatly training.

Photo copyright: Thomas Köhler / photothek / EFKS

1. Parlamentarian undersecretary at BMZ, Thomas Silberhorn MdB
2. Dr Carsten Krüger, Dr Antke Züchner, Dr Auma Obama, Dr Christian Schmidt (from left)