In this program, volunteers are expected to assist in rural hospitals, clinics, small communities or orphanages, sub-urban medical centers to provide checkups and basic medical care, early intervention-provide services for infants and toddlers under three years of age who may have or be at risk of developmental delay, family planning-provide information about birth control methods or help in planning the number and spacing of children, if and when you decide to become pregnant, health care-help child care provides to improve the health and well-being of children in their care. New born hearing screening. Information about an important program to identify early hearing loss in infants. School health-information for parents’ nurses and others interested in keeping school aged children healthy and ready to learn sanitation and hygiene, nutrition Waste management.
AIM: To improve health in rural communities through educating and engaging people in health programs. We need medical volunteers or interns to join our Public health & medical care project and sustainably change the health, and hygiene of Uganda’s rural people.
Volunteer will be involved with helping treatment of malaria, tuberculosis and syphilis which are the most common health ailments in Uganda. For example, if you are a registered nurse, medical doctor, lab technician, and paramedic or have a trained medical skill then you can. Participate in patient care such as diagnosing, injections, lab work. If you are a mid-wife then you can work in the maternity ward assisting with prenatal and antenatal care.
Medical volunteering program work under the supervision of professional doctors, nurses and support staff, and assist them in the treatment of patients. The amount of hands-on work will depend on the knowledge and skill level of the medical volunteer. For students, there is a supervisor (doctor or nurse) with them as they are doing their work. For doctors, they will be with their fellow doctors. This is a great opportunity for volunteers to become familiarized with the practices of African hospitals specifically in Ugandan hospitals. Many patients do not speak English; however the doctors and fellow medical staff can assist with translating.
If you have an educational background in public health, then you can also participate in this project by helping the staff to record injections or immunizations, helping to dispense medications, beginning a painting or cleaning project, donating supplies, giving educational seminars on nursing skills, nutrition or any other subject that is required in the community you are placed.
The number of hours depends on the volunteer’s needs, as the hospital is 24/7. Normally, volunteers will work for 6-8 hours, but we have had some volunteers who have chosen to work full-time for a 12-hour shift. This is the length of a typical shift for people working at Uganda hospital.
Volunteers should come with their own scrubs and a stethoscope, if necessary. In addition, if volunteers are volunteering through an organization, school etc. They may bring any hospital supplies to the hospital in Uganda as it may be necessary. It is very helpful to the medical project if volunteers provide additional supplies.
Placements will vary from day to day sometimes you might be assisting experienced doctors or helping patients, conducting tests, research or generally cleaning and assisting. Some days you might need to wake up early to travel to clinics and work throughout the day. It’s not all work though, there will be a lot of time to relax and socialize with other international volunteers. You might also be working on outreach programs in the capital city where you can help some of the needy people in the country.
In rural areas, more than 80% of the population do not have access to improved sanitation facilities and furthermore the Ugandan government is not in a position to make adequate healthcare provisions. Unsurprisingly, many health problems stem from a lack of basic hygiene and practices such as open defecation. These problems are compounded by orthodox religious and superstitious beliefs, which lead the sick to seek the help of a witch doctor, rather than a medical one.
Love Uganda Foundation(LUF) welcomes all interested medical students and healthcare professionals. Education is the most sustainable way in which it can positively change on the health issues. We need international volunteers and interns to work in rural communities, spreading public health awareness to women’s groups, youth groups and schools, with the support of local volunteers and translators.
Throughout your placement you will have the full support of LUF. Your safety is our highest priority. On arrival you will be greeted at Entebbe International Airport and transported to your hotel (alternative arrangements can be made for those already in Uganda prior to the start of their placement). You will then receive a comprehensive three-day induction, during which time you will be provided with information about your particular placement as well as general information, including basic Ugandan language and culture. This is also a good time to mix with other volunteers or interns who may be great sight-seeing companions and a source of support during your volunteer placement.
You will be accommodated in a hotel. However, all our host families are experienced in accommodating volunteers although their ability to speak English will vary and you will have 24 hour access to contact and support from our staff members during your placement.
For the medical placement, volunteers need to be training (minimum two years hands on clinical experience)
You will need to be aged 18 years or above at the time of joining the program. Everyone is welcome to apply and a lot of pre-med, medical students, graduates and general people looking to help can apply to join these programs. If you are looking to volunteer in a skilled role (for example as a doctor), you will need to provide certificates and your level of experience
Activities expected in the healthcare project
1 .Responsibilities for volunteers in the medical project in Uganda depend on their qualifications and experience. Generally, medical students will observe and occasionally assist the doctor, while experienced doctors and nurses can be involved in treatment too.
The types of work volunteers may assist with in the Uganda medical project include:
- Assist with minor operations
- Blood pressure measurements
- Pediatric work
- Labor ward
- Psychiatric unit
- Dental unit
- You are to also help in health camps (if any), distribute medicines, provide tips to patients on health, nutrition and sanitation and counseling patients, and involve yourself in the treatment for minor injuries or wounds and keeping patient records. Work alongside medical Ugandan nurses and doctors
- Helping the community maintain the health and hygiene remains major focus
- Involve in conducting public health surveys, which will provide direction for the future.
NB: Volunteers joining as a medical volunteer vary with education, skills, experience and qualifications. Volunteers/Interns are not allowed to perform the major identification or surgery works.
7:00 am – Breakfast and volunteers generally report to their assigned hospital between 8:30-9 am. As a medical project volunteer in Uganda you can expect to work until 4 pm with a lunch break around 1 pm for a total of 5-7 hours daily. During the weekend you will get the opportunity to experience the stunning scenery
- Airport Pickup and drop off
- Accommodation (twin sharing)
- Breakfast and Dinner
- Pre Departure Information Pack
- Training and Area Orientation on arrival.
- 24/7 Local staff support and Program Manager on location.
- Project Travel
- Volunteer Activities
- Local Sim Card
- LUF T-shirt and T.shirt.
- Police Report or DBS Check
- Tourist Visas
- Travel Insurance
- Local Shopping
- Extra Cultural Activities
- Visas and Insurance
- Travel Information
- Health and Safety
Volunteers must be:
At least 16 years or older at the start of the program
Have an open mind and flexible attitude towards working in new and different environments
Prepared to do some manual work during their placement
What we provide
- Pickup from the airport, transport to your placement.
- Food during placement with a host family / hostel- Nepali standard 2 to 3 meals a day.
- Comprehensive Pre- Departure Information.
- 24 hrs Assistance and support from LUF Staff.
What is not included?
- Apart from the fees, other costs that are to be met by the volunteer are:
- Any personal expenses
- Any other Donations