Type: Medical & Health Care,
Volunteer in Africa and take part in a medical project based in Zambia working in a variety of areas from home visit programs, clinical work, HIV education and health talks and old people’s homes to provide much needed assistance for understaffed medical facilities. This project also has an element of elderly care and support, HIV Education, training to help the locals care for the sick in their communities and also school refurbishment. With so many activities to get involved with, this is the perfect project for a complete beginner, a med student or a qualified practitioner.
Lack of funding within the medical and home based care systems in Zambia has resulted in serious staff shortages. Volunteers will assist the staff, so that people can be seen faster. Volunteer’s duties will vary depending on their skills and level of experience within the health and medical field. There are 5 particular areas where this project allows volunteer interaction:
Clinics – Volunteers will check blood pressure, temperature and the weight of patients before they are screened by the medical officer.
Home Based Care – Volunteers will provide basic First Aid, including wound dressing, dispensing of basic medication in critical cases and discussing the importance of hygiene, a healthy diet and exercise.
HIV Education and Health Talks – Many health issues in Livingstone could be improved with a little education. Volunteers work in small groups to teach about communicable diseases, healthy living and HIV awareness and prevention.
Old People’s Home – Medical volunteers provide assistance by taking vitals – blood pressure, temperature and weight – to monitor health, treat bed sores, increase mobility and general health of the residents.
HIV Education in Prisons – Inmates of the local prison are a group within the local population that is vulnerable and highly susceptible to contracting HIV/AIDS and as such are an important audience to deliver the message about HIV, prevention and awareness.
All projects are self-funded, but include accommodation, food, airport transfer and training. Click to apply and a project advisor will be in touch to discuss price and availability.
The Arches, North Campus Incubator
Telephone 1: 0161 8706212
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