The Medical Project consists of 3 main areas of work
The Clinics - The role of the volunteer within a clinic is to provide back up and assistance to a very understaffed medical establishment. The main roles within clinics are "baby weighing" and taking "vitals"; blood pressure, temperature and weight of a patient before they see the clinical officer. Volunteers will also be providing basic education on a variety of different subjects through "Health Talks".
Rural Home Based Care - Our volunteers accompany community volunteers as they visit bed ridden or immobile patients across Livingstone, many of whom are suffering from HIV/AIDS. It is their duty to provide basic advice, comfort and assistance to members of the community with little to no access to clinics or hospitals. This may mean basic First Aid or chatting to patients about the importance of hygiene, a healthy diet and exercise. Home Based Care is also about assisting those incapable of taking care of themselves by making a patient's bed, doing a bit of simple house work for them, and generally trying to improve their circumstance in the most basic yet effective way.
Maramba Old People's Home - Medical volunteers provide general assistance to the elderly residents to make their every day lives easier. The home is poorly funded by the government and the residents mostly have no family or carers to look after them. Volunteers also provide a friendly face to these people who have little entertainment or interaction by going armed with games, puzzles and a smile! Please note: You must ensure that you bring originals or certified copies of your medical qualifications in order for you to be allowed to work in specialized sections of maternity wards or laboratories.
Afternoon community projects:
After having spent the morning in a Clinic or Home Based Care Project, you will help out the local community in different areas in the afternoon. You will rotate between the following community projects:
- Build/paint/refurbish schools and clinics
- Elephant Pepper Project
- Home Based Care/Farming
- Reading Club
- Art Club
- Adult Literacy Club.
Note: Please note that if you prefer to spend every, or several, afternoons a week helping out in the clinics instead of working on the community projects, this can be arranged.
- What's the age limit: minimum age limit 18 years old, maximum 40 years
- What is the minimum stay: 2 weeks
- Where exactly is it: Livingstone, Zambia
- What will I be doing: Volunteering in clinics and working on community projects in Livingstone.
Prices from: £890/€1160/$1605.
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