KENYA: Medical Volunteering Project

Medical and Healthcare volunteering placements are offered in Nairobi, Kenya. This medical volunteering project in Kenya offers diverse experience as volunteers can be placed in a variety of medical settings, including public and private hospitals, clinics, fitness centers with equipment as gym balls or weights, and community outreaches in under-resourced locations around Nairobi metropolitan city.

If are you a medical professional or student looking for a volunteering opportunity in Africa, Go Volunteer Africa offers over the top medical and healthcare volunteering and internship opportunities in Kenya to Pre-med, nursing, and medical students and professionals interested in a volunteer abroad medical opportunity.

IN BRIEF:

  • Shadowing professionals medics and assist whenever needed.
  • Assist patients (getting them from one service point to another)
  • Treating minor injuries, vaccinations etc. (depending on skills)
  • Getting actively involved in the daily work of the hospital, taking rounds of the wards, maintaining files, and doing routine patient checkups like measure Blood pressure, pulse, check fever etc.

Your exact role within the hospital or clinic will be determined by your level of medical experience as well as by the enthusiasm and effort which you show to the local staff. Pre-university interns usually start by observing the doctors and nurses. You may find more practical opportunities arise once you get to know the local staff and if you can demonstrate a good understanding of local medical conditions.

We offer short and long term medical volunteering placements in hospitals, clinics, outreach centres and slum community projects in Nairobi, Kenya. Placements are available in areas of Dentistry, HIV & AIDS, Medicine, Midwifery, Nursing, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Psychology, Radiography and Veterinary

PROJECT DETAILS:

Healthcare is neither easily accessible nor affordable for many Kenyans living in the slums and semi-urban areas. As a result, an overwhelming number of Kenyans people never receive proper healthcare. People in villages, slums, urban and semi-urban areas face health concerns that diminish their ability to improve their lives whereas the quality of health influences the quality of life for any individual and subsequently impact development for a community. HIV/AIDS, Malaria, childhood illnesses such as measles, tetanus, parasitic diseases and malnutrition devastate communities.

Go Volunteer Africa strives to improve the health conditions of children and adults in these communities through various medical and healthcare volunteer projects. Go Volunteer Africa has set up activities with both small health clinics and large government hospitals in Kenya, including but not limited to Village Health Talks Outreaches (VHTO), Mobile Clinics Camps and so many other interventions. All our projects have one similar goal of improving the provision of healthcare and of preventative health education to underserved populations across Kenya.

If you are currently studying or recently graduated we have medical volunteer programs and internships which will boost your resume / CV and allow you to help people in the developing world. Lots of people apply every year and this healthcare volunteer program is perfect if you are planning a career in healthcare. Volunteers with professional credentials, or those currently enrolled in medical/nursing school are welcome.  The type of hands on work you will be allocated will depend to an extent on your own abilities and capabilities, which is understandable given that you will be dealing with patient health and safety.

Volunteers/Interns are not allowed to perform the major identification or surgery works. Most of the time volunteers help doctors or work as an assistant to doctors. You will be involved in aspects of the day-to-day running of the hospitals, observing or directly assisting, where possible. You can help out in simple but practical ways, vastly increasing your own knowledge and understanding of medical practice.

Volunteers measure BP, temperature, height, weight assist doctors and medical staffs with health center tasks. You also help in health camps (if any), distribute medicines, provide tips to patients on health, nutrition and sanitation and counseling patients, and involve yourself in the treatment for minor injuries or wounds and keeping patient records.

Facilities within the hospitals and clinics are basic and treatments are sometimes not of the standard we would expect in developed world. You should be prepared to see some shocking cases, and try not to get emotionally involved with the patients. Your working hours will usually be decided on a weekly basis and most volunteers work from Monday to Friday and have the weekends free.

There is an obvious lack of manpower and resources in the local hospitals, which are located in the outer city areas and sub-urban areas. Since many health centers lack modern facilities, or have broken equipment and lack of staff, the placements are very challenging. Volunteers need to bring their own medical equipment, gloves, lab coat, medical scrubs and appropriate shoes.

PROJECT HINTS:

Availability: Project open all year round
Duration: Minimum 3 weeks commitment
Age Limits: Minimum 18yrs or older for solo travelers.
Minimum Age: ——
Dates: Flexible start and end dates
Arrival dates: One day before the start date
Airport Arrival: Airport pickup, meet and greet by GVA partner representative
Working Days: Monday – Friday – 5 days a week, 3-7 hours in a day
Weekends: Travel / Sightseeing NOT included in program cost
Accommodation: Host Families or volunteer house
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
Support: Pre-departure guide, In-country staff available 24/7
Location: Nairobi
Language: English

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