Our Africa medical volunteer programs have three main focuses. During your volunteer program, you’ll experience a unique blend of these three elements, depending upon the community and hospital need.
Hospital and Clinical Support
As a hospital volunteer, your primary focus will be providing vital support to health care providers in rural African medical facilities. Struggling with limited staff and resources, your work in these clinics will be integral to extending the reach in which the hospitals can provide care. Here, you’ll gain valuable patient care experience for a variety of departments. In the past, our patient care volunteers have assisted in hospital departments such as outpatient assistance, HIV and TB services, and maternal health. However, there are always unique opportunities for volunteers to explore disciplines of interest!
Rural communities in Africa are often significantly disadvantaged when it comes to accessing medical services. During your medical volunteer program, you’ll work with healthcare professionals to provide home-based care to locals who cannot otherwise receive health care. Here, you’ll implement necessary treatments, personal check-ins, medical advice, and if needed, refer them to services in hospitals for additional care. This incredibly gratifying experience can be life-changing for both volunteers and their patients!
Community Health Education
One of the most sustainable ways to promote good health in a community is through health education. Additional to hands-on medical placements, volunteers regularly engage in community health education campaigns. Teaching about health issues relevant to the community, such as living positively with HIV, these workshops facilitate open discussion among locals to support each other in the illnesses they may be facing. Through these workshops, we aim to empower local communities and discover sustainable solutions to local health issues.