Gain an insight into the medical profession supporting staff with basic tasks and patient care in hospitals and community clinics. Work alongside health professionals in range of areas and fields while gaining first-hand experience in the medical profession. You may assist staff in hospitals, community centres or health clinics with basic tasks as well as patient care.
Based in local health centres, volunteers help the local staff, who are usually overworked and responsible for almost everything medically-based in their community. Typical activities of a Volunteer Health Worker will include: assisting with some of the running of a health centre, looking after a basic pharmacy and providing general administration for patient care, helping to maintain patient records, assisting with activities with babies and under-fives and monthly baby monitoring (weighing) and feeding, assisting with outreach programmes and involvement with health education campaigns. You are also likely to have the chance to involve yourself in other community activities; this will often be encouraged and developing links with the community through your role as a Volunteer Health Worker will help you easily make contacts and friends and help you to experience, explore and understand the culture of a rural area.
Our Medical placements in Japan are a fantastic opportunity to experience working in a busy hospital while living in one of the world’s most culturally fascinating countries. Medical volunteers usually work in Red Cross hospitals around the country and have the opportunity to witness the daily inner-workings of a hospital – from nursing to brain surgery! Typically your duties as a volunteer will include transporting patients around the hospital, preparing bandages and dressings, collecting prescriptions from the pharmacy and generally working with the nursing and medical teams. Volunteers will usually help nursing staff with English and in return be offered the opportunity of Japanese tutorials. Although it is not expected for you to know Japanese, a basic understanding and the willingness to gain knowledge of Japanese will really help expand your role.
In the past volunteers that have proven their capabilities and knowledge of the language are relied upon with greater responsibilities. These placements are fantastic for volunteers looking for or interested in a career in the medical field.
Lattitude Medical placements in Malawi offer a more grass-roots volunteering option. As a Medical volunteer you will act as an assistant to the local “Health Officer”, who is in charge of taking care of the medical need of the local community. The Health Officer is akin to a GP in the UK, and offers a frontline medical service to patients. As a result, as a volunteer you could experience working in a range of medical situations, from broken limbs to pregnancies and childhood vaccinations! Medical volunteers in Malawi experience grass-roots volunteering at its best, living and working within tight-knit communities and getting involved in day-to-day community life.
The role does not require any technical or medical experience and you will volunteer under the supervision of the Health Officer (although if you do have experience, that would certainly be welcomed).