Hospitals and clinics located in the areas surrounding Uganda's major cities lack the staff and resources needed. In effect, knowledgeable and able-bodied volunteers are in great demand. These health clinics offer various services to the citizens of Uganda, including: outpatient procedures, blood tests, community outreach, family planning, treatment of minor injury, and antenatal services. Participants joining IFRE's medical program will work in hospitals and clinics within the capacity of an assistant. Duties greatly depend on the educational background and skills and personal interests of volunteers.
Applicants must be able to provide some form of medical certification (medical ID, EMT, paramedic, nursing) or be a health care professional. Due to liabilities, applicants lacking some form of medical training/expertise will be ineligible for this project. All health care-related credentials must be furnished/provided prior to arrival in-country.
- Volunteer's Responsibilities
Within the capacity of a medical volunteer, participants will not be able to perform major surgeries/procedures. Instead, volunteers will assist doctors and other already-existing health care professionals by measuring patients' blood pressure, temperatures, recording height, weight and other related tasks. Additionally, volunteers may be asked to assist various health camps/posts in distributing medication, providing health tips (pertaining to nutrition, personal hygiene) and occasionally counseling patients. Other possible duties may include treating minor wounds and injuries as well as keeping and helping to maintain health records. Duties greatly depend on the educational background, skills and personal interests of volunteers.
IFRE makes all necessary arrangements regarding room, food and supervision from the beginning to the end of the program. While participating in the first week's language and cultural immersion classes, participants stay with a host family near the city. While volunteering, participants stay with either a host family or at the orphanage – in a separate room with a shared bathroom.