| With greater efforts to improve health service delivery, especially the health of women and children, an emphasis is placed on improving the quality of reproductive health services and on preventing and reducing the impact of widespread communicable diseases, bridging gaps that prevent efficient and effective delivery of health services, and fostering partnerships that lead to improved health in Africa.
Government and non-governmental organizations run a number of different health facilities, hospitals, maternity clinics, children's hospitals, HIV/AIDS wards, and alternative-medicine clinics in many cities and small rural villages.
Access to basic health care is often one of the most challenging issues that low-income and neglected populations face. Community level intervention and local health clinics offer services to local families at minimal or no cost. With the introduction of a medical insurance in Ghana, attendances to health care facilities have skyrocketed making the support of volunteers indispensable.
Working on health projects offers a wonderful opportunity for volunteers to become familiar with the challenges and health issues of developing countries.
Your responsibilities will depend largely on your experience, but may include some of the following: Going for ward rounds with doctors to examine cases and determine the next line of action, following up cases and ensuring that proper medication is dispensed, helping to take patients' histories and subsequent diagnosis, helping with general consultation activities. Observing procedures, Undertake office administration, health data recording and storage, taking care of patients reporting for out-patient care or on admission Changing bandages and monitoring recovery, checking blood pressure, weighing babies helping with first aid treatment.
Many health care centers also run different programs on health education, basic prevention, nutrition and sanitation. Volunteer job might cover these areas as many hospitals also work in coordination with the local communities, presenting different programs on health education, basic prevention, nutrition, and sanitation. Your presence is extremely helpful in such programs. Such health projects offer a wonderful opportunity for volunteers and students to be acquainted with the existing health issues and challenges of delivering health care in developing country like Ghana. You will definitely gain valuable insight into Ghana culture and will have the opportunity to improve your skills in a variety of areas in health care.
This project is for health care professionals or students studying medicine or a medical-related subject. You will need to have either previous medical experience/work projects (this can include work shadowing.) A copy of your CV & a covering letter is required to apply.