Healthcare institutions in Zambia suffer from being under-staffed and under-resourced, often preventing them from providing sufficient healthcare to the public. Healthcare volunteers are much needed to provide assistance in educating a variety of age groups regarding HIV, hand hygiene, substance abuse, nutrition and cancer. This well-established healthcare project in Livingstone supports the team at Maramba Old People’s Home by assisting in the monitoring of residents health and providing psycho-social and emotional support. As you volunteer in Zambia with African Impact, an important focus of your project involvement will also be to support community care givers in the field of helping patients with treatment adherence, making healthy lifestyle choices and keeping house bound patients in friendly company.
African Impact works together with various clinics, DATF [District Aids Task Force], Sepo Centre (co-ordination of Home Based Care services), Livingstone Prison and the Ministry of Health and Community Development Mother and Child Health to deliver the maximum benefit of healthcare and education to a broad scope of the community.
The Livingstone Healthcare and Community Development volunteer project has seen a great amount of benefit to the community as a result of their work in expanding the Linda Clinic to a three ward district hospital. They have also refurbished the Maramba Old People’s Home, introduced cervical cancer talks to educate women, made structural improvements to various clinics and implemented ministry approved HIV education courses.
As a medical volunteer, you do not have to be medically qualified to make a huge impact in the lives of the local community members. You will learn and experience the healthcare system in Zambia and gain deep appreciation for the resources you have available back home as you assist in caring for patients.