Healthcare & Medical Volunteering in Africa

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Whether you already work in healthcare, you’re a med student wanting to gain experience that will make you a better doctor, or you’re just interested in doing volunteer work in healthcare, being a medical volunteer abroad is a great way to do that in some of the most beautiful parts of Africa.

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.

Our projects are designed to support the wider goals of the community.

This ensures the work you do has the greatest possible impact and addresses issues that are relevant to each particular area.

How Can You Help as a Medical Volunteer 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 to not 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.

As a medical volunteer abroad, you offer extra support so healthcare workers in these communities can reach and educate more people who can’t access or afford medical care.

What to Expect as a Medical Volunteer?

Being a medical volunteer in Africa is an experience that can’t be summed up into a few words because it is so many things.

It’s all about expecting the unexpected.

You will get to experience the ancient appeal of places that inspired poets and artists, witness glorious displays of culture, and see nature as you’ve never seen before. But you will also experience the disturbing effects of poverty and have to work in dire conditions where resources are limited.

However, despite the challenges you may encounter along the way, working on a medical volunteer program is some of the most rewarding volunteer work you can do.

Joining a medical volunteer program gives you a chance to step out of your comfort zone, meet people from all around the world who share your interests and values, and 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.

Also see: The Truth About Being a Medical Volunteer Abroad

Types of Medical Volunteer Programs

The volunteer work you do will depend on the project you join.

Some of the ways you could get involved include

  • Working with local practitioners to extend their reach and provide help to more people
  • Providing home-based care and advice to patients who don’t have access to medical care
  • Giving direct support to overburdened doctors and nurses at rural clinics and hospitals
  • Getting involved in tasks such as baby weighing, medical record filing, and packing medication
  • Providing assistance at support groups for pregnant mothers or adults living with HIV/AIDS
  • Facilitating awareness workshops about diseases and conditions that affect the community

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.

Where Can You Volunteer in Africa?

We currently offer medical volunteer programs in 3 African countries:

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