Medical Volunteering at Wema Nursing Home and Maternity

Wema nursing home and maternity was started in 2004 and is the busiest hospital in Kawangware area of Nairobi.

The hospital treats an average of 120 out patients a day and has a bed capacity of 15 patients.

A wide variety of diseases and conditions can be seen here due to its proximity to a slum and low costs.

Skilled and unskilled medical volunteers are needed. Hospital volunteers help the hospital cope with shortage of labour. Medical volunteer in Africa - A hospital volunteer at Wema photo Volunteers also help keep the costs of running the facility at a minimum hence providing services to those who would not otherwise afford it.

Medical volunteers needed include:

  • Pre-med students
  • Volunteer medical doctors and medical students
  • Nurse volunteers and nursing student volunteers
  • Volunteer midwifes and student midwifes
  • Medical lab volunteers
  • HIV/Aids counsellors

    Student volunteers in medical related professions will have a very enriching experience covering a wide variety of medical conditions and tropical diseases.

    You must encounter live births on the first few days of your hospital volunteer placement. You will also witness circumcision, cases of malaria, HIV and tuberculosis.

    You will shadow doctors and nurses throughout your placement. You will work directly with patients and you will definitely acquire new skills as well as utilize your knowledge in this hands on medical volunteer period.

    Typical conditions that you will encounter and treat daily at the hospital include: Hospital volunteering in Africa - A Medical volunteer at Wema photo

  • Typhoid
  • Malaria
  • Pneumonia
  • Asthmatic conditions
  • STI/ STDs such as syphilis, gonorrea, Chlamydia, genital warts, and herpes.
  • TB (The hospital is a TB testing and treatment Centre)
  • Road accident emergencies

    Medical services that you will offer:

  • Conduct 1 - 4 deliveries daily
  • Do circumcision & other minor surgeries
  • Maternal and Child Health-Family Planning (MCH-FP)
  • Dental services

    Laboratory Services on Offer

    About 40 - 100 laboratory tests are done daily with 20 - 30 patients coming in daily for lab tests.

    Medical lab volunteers perform a range of laboratory duties in support of the delivery of the clinical services at the hospital.

    Lab medical volunteer in Kenya - A hospital volunteer at Wema picture

    These include reception, filing, retrieval of patient material, checking and recording of pathological specimens as well as assisting with housekeeping duties of the laboratory.

    Testing that you will perform every day includes:

  • HIV
  • T.B.
  • Malaria
  • Typhoid
  • Syphilis & gonorrea
  • Brucella
  • Rheumatoid factor
  • Full haoemogram
  • Differential test
  • Hepatitis
  • Leslimania
  • Blood grouping
  • Urine analysis & microscopy Medical volunteering in Kenya - A hospital volunteer in Kenya photo
  • Pregnancy test
  • Stool for O/C
  • Gram staining

    Remember to bring along your medical scrubs and or white lab coat.

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