Right on the doorstep of Antelope Park is the Mkoba community, the area where the majority of Gweru’s population live, most of whom are totally dependent on the often poorly staffed and ill-equipped local clinics. Mkoba Polyclinic caters for over 47,000 people each year and provides a range of services including full maternity care, opportunistic infection (HIV and TB), extended program of immunisation (children 6 weeks to school age), outpatient consultations for children and adults and pharmacy services.
As a healthcare volunteer, you will be able to get involved in not only this clinic but also others with similar needs in the nearby areas. You will assist qualified local staff in weighing babies, filing, archiving, maintenance and making patients feel welcome and comfortable.
You may also have the opportunity to experience home visits in the community and to participate in health and nutrition education campaigns and national immunisation drives scheduled during your stay. By joining this program as a healthcare volunteer, you have the opportunity to bring a better quality of life and have an impact on the lives of people you interact with.
You do not need to be medically qualified, only willing to help and passionate about people. You will have the opportunity to learn about healthcare services in Zimbabwe, whilst offering your time and energy in busy clinics. Do not underestimate how your presence here can touch someone else, and you may be surprised that in the end, it is often you who receives more than you give.