Use your knowledge and training as a qualified medical professional to make a real difference in rural hospital settings in south central Ghana.


Project Background

Our medical volunteering projects in Ghana have been running for 10 years, and are carried out in licenced health centres and clinics with all the necessary approvals. We work with two (2) Hospital clusters, each comprising a hospital, a polyclinic, and a health centre, with various overseeing bodies (e.g.government, charity) .The volunteering is managed by our partner NGOs, and two qualified Ghanaian health professionals. You may choose to work in one setting, and one cluster, or both, depending on your length of stay.

Examples of the placements:

Cluster 2, Hospital #1, has sufficient nursing and midwifery staff, and is situated in a 1990s refugee camp that evolved into a poorly equipped settled persons township. It has a hard pressed neonatal ICU (with self-trained staff), busy maternity, and antenatal wards, and provides postnatal care programmes. The hospital has a separate paediatrics ward, but no paediatrician. Fractures and musco-skeletal trauma are referred to outside hospitals. The hospital has a functional laboratory. This hospital is funded by a charity, and is not managed by the Ghanaian government. In August 2019 it had 4 physicians - 2 specialising in internal medicine and gynaecology. The hospital has outreach health education programmes raising awareness of the avoidance and management of communicable diseases, STI’s, etc.

Cluster 2, Hospital #2, is a polyclinic, benefits from a Summer influx of Ghanaian student nurses and midwives, the permanent staffing comprising 4 physicians, 21 midwives, 60 nurses, and one dentist. This clinic benefits from the largest and most diverse pharmacy of the 3 hospitals we work with, is equipped to perform ultrasound and x-ray scans, and runs an impressive dental cabinet.

The polyclinic runs extensive outreach programmes targeting:

  • communicable diseases

  • STI’s

  • mental health - both adults and children

  • non-communicable diseases such as diet induced stroke, diabetes, etc.

Cluster base, Hospital #1 is managed by a single doctor under whom are a large team of nurses and midwives. This hospital is the most understaffed and underfunded of the three mentioned here, with basic medical equipment always running low. The hospital has no incubators or scanning machines, but does have basic laboratory facilities.

What to Expect in Ghana

A warm welcome to begin with, at the airport, where a transfer takes you to your accommodation, where you have 7 days full board. Your accommodation is based within walking distance of one hospital that we work with. The accommodation has good facilities, with potable water supplied, and piped water for washing.

You may arrive for the programme any day, and we ask that you to volunteer four-five (4-5) consecutive days a week.

The cluster base hospitals are close, with the Cluster 2 hospitals being up to an hours journey by totros (the local taxis-bus).

Your Free Time

You will have 2-3 days a week for sight seeing, and we offer options for you to do tours of Ghana by car, either before or at the end of your placement. Self-guided tours of Ghana are difficult due to the lack of public transport, and the degree of local knowledge needed to navigate by the local totros (private taxi come bus vans).

Volunteer health care professionals should bring their own basic medical equipment: gloves, stethoscope etc.

Your Impact

Your participation on this project raises the profile of the hospital and the care and expertise that may be provided. This also increases your knowledge of health issues in developing, and tropical countries.

In addition, your placement with Give A Fig Volunteering (non-profit) in these settings, fund medical responses that otherwise would not take place, and CPD for the Ghanaian professionals there.

Quick Info

Location

A hospital cluster 40 miles west of central Accra.

Min/Max Volunteering Period

Minimum 2 weeks

Maximum 26 weeks

Your Reference Letters

We are always delighted to write references for our alumni

Project Time Line

All Year

Project Days

You will volunteer 3-5 consecutive days each week.

Perfect For

English Speakers

Qualified Medical Practitioners

 
 

Non-profit prices that thank you for giving your skills

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To begin your volunteering journey

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