Medical & Healthcare Volunteering

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Healthcare is one of the most important services available to communities across the world and one that many take for granted. Yet, in Africa, poor quality of healthcare claims millions of lives each year due to a severe lack of equipment, medication and resources. Further to the inadequate supply of medical & healthcare facilities and trained medical professionals, HIV/AIDS has also had a very negative effect on the economies, people and families of many African nations.

 

Across the globe, there are 36.7 million people currently living with HIV. 19.5 million of these are within Eastern and Southern Africa.

 

Since African Impact was founded in 2004, we have built a number of medical and healthcare volunteer programs hand-in-hand with the local community to combat this issue. On our projects in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Kenya, volunteers:

  • Assist our project teams by going into rural communities and facilitating HIV/AIDS education and awareness classes with teenagers and adults
  • Provide home-based care and advice to patients suffering from HIV/AIDs or other illnesses
  • Give direct support to overburdened doctors and nurses at rural clinics and hospitals
  • Get involved in tasks such as baby weighing, medical record filing and packing medication
  • Provide assistance at support groups for pregnant mothers or adults living with HIV
  • Help care for children who have lost one or both parents to HIV/AIDS, through educational games and other fun activities

 

These measures, hand-in-hand with other inspiring organizations, NGOs, government stakeholders and private individuals, have positively improved hundreds of lives, with the potential to improve so many more. In more recent years, there have been a number of steps put in place to improve healthcare in Africa. There are currently 19.5 million people globally (53%) who are receiving treatment for HIV and new clinics are being built across the continent, serving rural communities who were previously unable to access hospital treatment.

 

This has seen the rate of HIV slow by 16% between 2010 and 2016.

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The small but critical steps we take now will lay the foundations for huge change within communities. But, we need your help in order to implement these changes. Our volunteers contribute towards improving the current state of healthcare across Africa and are of great help in under-resourced clinics. Although our projects are ideal for volunteers with past medical experience, our medical projects are also open to those of you who have a passion for making an impact and want to get involved.

 

If you think you could provide essential knowledge and a helping hand to a rural community in Africa, check out our medical and healthcare volunteer programs below:

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Girl Empowerment – Victoria Falls, Zambia

The Girl Impact initiative in Victoria Falls aims to provide opportunities for adolescent girls through guiding and supporting them in their education and providing knowledge about health, safety, early pregnancy, making a living, and confidence in self.

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FROM £ 845 | US$ 1372

Hospital and Clinic Medical Support, Kenya

Offer an extra pair of hands as a volunteer in Kenya, where medical facilities are faced with numerous challenges. Working alongside health professionals, you will provide assistance in hospitals and clinics, as well as offering healthcare advice in schools and orphanages.

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FROM £ 972 | US$ 1557

Rural Medical & HIV/AIDS Awareness, Zululand

Offer vital medical and healthcare assistance in a rural Zulu village of South Africa. With one of the highest rates of HIV/AIDS in the country and a lack of resources and skilled medical staff nearby, this area is in desperate need of dedicated volunteers.

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FROM £ 839 | US$ 1374

Community Healthcare Project, Antelope Park

Make an impact at medical clinics in Zimbabwe that have been severely affected by the current economic situation, and suffer from a shortage of healthcare staff and supplies. Touch the lives of many whilst gaining valuable medical experience.

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FROM £ 939 | US$ 1524

University Group Volunteering

Let us put together a unique, once in a lifetime volunteer adventure for your University group, which will see you learning, exploring and giving back to local communities and conservation efforts in Africa.

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