Volunteers in the medical or health field need to have medical training and experience. They will work at a busy Nairobi hospital in fields such as casualty, maternity, paediatrics, surgery etc. The hospital is a private hospital but the charges for Kenyan people are minimal. It is an extremely busy hospital that accepts patients from around Nairobi and further afield. Volunteers will need to send through proof of qualifications at least 3 weeks prior to starting their volunteering. The local coordinator will then ensure that all paperwork in Kenya is arranged so volunteering can begin straight away.
Volunteers work alongside the local staff and they will assist with translations. Volunteers need to be ready to think outside of the square as the hospital has limited resources and equipment for example listening to baby's heart beats is done manually as they do not have a sonogram.
In addition to volunteering in a hospital, all volunteers will participate in community outreach programs during their stay. The outreach programs include assisting with HIV testing, school and orphanage awareness programs and crisis control which may see volunteers helping with jiggers eradication and community immunization.
This is a great opportunity for volunteers in the medical field to get experience in different areas of medical care and also to share learning and knowledge with the locally trained staff.
Note: Volunteers are required to bring scrubs or a lab coat and supplies of gloves and face masks.