Medical Volunteer Work in Africa
Medical volunteer work programs are available in several African countries. We will work with you to find a medical placement that suits your level of experience. We have medical volunteering placements to suit people of all levels of qualification and experience.
Medical Volunteering Requirements
Medical volunteers need no prior experience or medical training. All age groups as well as skilled and unskilled personnel are welcome to apply.
The medical volunteering programs offer great learning opportunities for pre-meds, medical students, public health students, nursing students and others studying health related subjects.
Health volunteering programs enhance student’s medical knowledge, clinical skills and give students a chance to learn about Africa health problems including HIV and Aids.
Medical Health Volunteer’s Roles
Hospital volunteers work with local doctors in the areas of public health, HIV/Aids, and general medicine. Students work one on one and shadow doctors in local hospitals and small community clinics.
Qualified doctors and nurses are able to diagnose and treat diseases. They can also stitch and dress wounds, give fluids, perform histories, physical examinations, and other minor surgical procedures like circumcision.
Medical health volunteers also help in prioritizing patients in hospitals and clinics. Others help in home-based care support programmes especially in the areas of HIV/Aids and
hospice volunteer work.
Medical student volunteers and doctors can interact with patients and enter operating theatres to observe surgical procedures. Volunteers are present during diagnosis, treatment and examination. Female volunteers can observe and participate in natural and caesarean births.
Common Medical Problems Seen by Health Volunteers in Africa
Some of the common medical problems you will encounter during your medical volunteering period include: malaria, typhoid, helminth infections, urinary tract infections and respiratory tract infections (e.g. bronchitis, pneumonia, TB).
Others common problems medical volunteers in Africa see are skin lesions, gastroenteritis, diarrhoea, cellulitis, acute and chronic pain, fungal infections, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD - from cooking indoors), arthritis, measles, tetanus, pertussis, pneumonia, and malnutrition.
Medical health volunteers also encounter sciatic pain, stomach ulcers, acid reflux, eye problems, dental problems, diabetes mellitus, hypertension, heart failure, altered mental status, meningitis, sepsis and STIs (gonorrhoea, syphilis, HIV and Aids).
Medical Voluntary Work in Mobile Clinics & Other Volunteer Medical Programs Africa
We do arrangements for public health volunteers who want to be based in rural areas to join mobile doctors and mobile clinics.
If your hospital volunteer work plans include working at aids projects in Africa, consider hospice volunteering.
Public Education Campaigns run by Health Volunteers
Medical volunteers help in educating patients and communities on health related topics such as: malaria intervention, hygiene, food & water safety, dietary education, sexually transmitted infections, and teach HIV/Aids awareness in schools.
They also help in ensuring patients understand their medical problems and empower them to take an active role in their health, nutrition and preventive measures.
Healthcare volunteers may also carry out medical research volunteer work. Volunteers perform research to develop lectures literature on topics such as reproductive health issues, nutrition, hygiene and others covered above. Healthcare volunteers can give health educational seminars and do medical research volunteer work during their free time.
Medical Volunteer Application
Follow the links below to see the costs and application forms for the country where you want to do your medical voluntary work.
As part of your healthcare Program application, please include a description of your medical education and clinical experience if any.