Placements for volunteers in Uganda are available in a number of Uganda clinics and hospitals, where the volunteer's role is tailored according to individual abilities and interests. Volunteers in Uganda may work directly with patients or perform office duties. Qualified medical personnel may work directly with patients and perform emergency duties; they might work in surgery settings or patient support areas. Medical students, pre-med students and those considering a career in health care are certain to find the volunteer experience extremely helpful in solidifying their chosen careers. Doctor-shadowing is another possibility. Volunteers in Uganda with no medical training will be asked to help patients and visitors in waiting rooms, the pharmacy and the in-patient areas. These volunteers also perform a valuable role assisting staff with daily office tasks, which may include manning the phones, filing, running errands, carrying out reception duties and data inputting.
The options for hospitals in Uganda include:
Ngora Health Centre 4 – This is like an outpatient clinic. Bazil is the head doctor and is often there to help out. Volunteers will work alongside doctors and nurses with outpatients, lab, malaria/TB /HIV testing, ART clinic, immunisations and maternity. This is also a very basic clinic and they are often dealing with shortages of testing kits and medication. It is also an extremely busy clinic with anywhere from 200-300 outpatients per day. There is an inpatients ward but very few patients stay in the hospital as they do not have food to provide patients and families will often live a great distance away. The government is funding the construction of an operating theatre which will hopefully be completed in 2015. This clinic is happy to have both medically trained volunteers and non-medical volunteers.
Ngora Health Centre 3/ Ngora District Maternity Unit - This clinic specialises in maternity but also sees a few outpatients a day. The clinic delivers approximately 200 babies per month and also complete the babies check-ups, immunisations, HIV testing and 6 week screening. Again this is an extremely basic clinic and they often find themselves having to improvise as they do not have the equipment they need. Volunteers can assist the nurses with deliveries, check-ups, immunisations etc. A theatre has recently been built which means C-sections can take place on site. This clinic is happy to accept medical and non-medical volunteers
Ngora Freda Carr Hospital - This is a private hospital and is quite a lot larger than the other clinics is Ngora but is still extremely basic. This hospital has a surgical theatre where they will conduct C –sections and general surgeries – volunteers are able to assist if trained or observe if not. There is also inpatient, outpatient, lab, pharmacy, maternity, dental, immunisations etc. Volunteers can assist in any area of patient care that fits with their knowledge and interest. They will work alongside local staff to learn the ways on the hospital. This hospital also runs nurses training so volunteers can help to teach trainee nurses.
Pallisa Hospital - Is a 100 bed capacity public hospital located in Pallisa town which is approximately 200km east of Kampala. It has a large out-patient department that sees on average 300 patients each day. In addition, it has a Maternity unit where normal deliveries are conducted, a Theatre where C-sections are done as well as general surgeries, a Children's (pediatric) ward and general male and female wards. Volunteers usually assist in several departments during their placement.
All of the hospitals and clinics are extremely basic compared to what volunteers with medical experience would be used to. Volunteers need to be prepared to learn new ways to complete tasks and be willing to think outside of the box when working with patients due to lack of resources.
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Areas of focus:
- Kampala, Central Region, Uganda
Duration:3 months or longer
Time commitment:A lot (10+ hours/week)
Extra details:Fee required
International volunteer options:International volunteers welcome