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.
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: