Are you a nursing or medical student looking to gain practical experience in Africa? Or are you simply interested in healthcare and would like to understand the challenges faced in developing countries? A healthcare internship in Africa might be the perfect choice.
In Africa, the standard of healthcare varies from country to country and region to region, but a lack of funding and good infrastructure means the standard of healthcare in Africa is generally quite poor. Hospitals and clinics are often severely under-resourced, understaffed, and overcrowded.
Many patients may wait for hours to see someone only to be told they need to return the next day or that the medication they need is not available. As a result, many people choose not to seek medical care and end up succumbing to treatable diseases, illnesses, or wounds. Most medical facilities are also located in urban areas, so people living in rural areas (over 60% in sub-Saharan Africa) are notoriously disadvantaged when it comes to accessing healthcare and information about preventable diseases such as HIV/AIDS.
From the edge of Victoria Falls in Zambia to the lush tea town of Limuru in Kenya, the African continent abounds with beautiful places to explore and endless opportunities to improve lives and contribute in a way that can empower and uplift entire communities. As a healthcare intern you will have a chance to work alongside local practitioners who will share their knowledge, skills, and tales of medical wonders.
The experience will change your perception of global health and offer valuable lessons in patience, resourcefulness, adaptability, and independence.
Some of the ways you could get involved include:
Our programs are developed hand-in-hand with local communities and are carefully designed to support change where it is needed most. They are set up in areas where communities welcome the help to ensure you are contributing in a way that is responsible and sustainable.