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Medical Outreach Volunteer

Overview:
The idea to move into impoverish communities was formed when we realized that most of the cases that report to our health facility could be treatable if detected early. There are several reasons why early detection usually did not occur. These include an inability to visit the hospital due to lack of funds, accessibility (in terms of bad roads and location of the health facility in proximity to the community) and inability to access national health insurance. 

The medical teams together with international volunteers move to different communities on a daily basis to organize mobile clinics free of charge. The local community members go through medical screening, go through consultancy and finally though the pharmacy for medications. The medications given out are supplied by the organization. 

Volunteers are divided into three different groups mainly the Out patients departments, consultation and the pharmacy. In the OPD(Out Patient Department) volunteers are offered the opportunity to take vital signs, check weights, take temperature, check blood sugar level, register patients, assist patients in walking to & from the clinic. Every volunteer qualifies to work with the OPD after the basic training offered during orientation.

With the consultations, volunteers consult with the local health professionals. Volunteers are offered the opportunity to write patients history through the medical doctor or MA who also serves as a translator to the volunteer. The medical doctor also takes his/her time to explain medical conditions to volunteers and sometimes seek for your advice and input. After the patients have gone through the Opd and the consulting; the pharmacy is next station where volunteers issue out medication and help to translate the dosage to the patients through a translator. Most of the medications are bought in Ghana and are satisfied by the food and drugs board. 

Role:
Working alongside other medical professionals where you are offered hand-on projects. Volunteers are working more than just observation. 

Requirements:
High school students, undergraduate students, graduate students, students taking a gap-year(Pre-Med, Medical students), families (including children under age 16 if with parents), any other volunteer in good physical condition. Start date: Programs begin the first week of the month. It is therefore recommended that volunteers arrive during the end of the previous month or the first week of the following month. The minimum duration of volunteering is 2 weeks. However, volunteer length of stay is flexible. Our staff members are available to help you arrange your preferred dates of arrival. Please contact us at +233243380168 or .

Group Volunteering:
Coordinating a group of students, community groups, or colleagues to volunteer can contribute a large impact by planning additional projects not included in the original program. Blue-Med Africa will support and organize these special projects and experiences if interested. There are special discount for groups. If you would like to send a group on a trip, please email to discuss your ideas and interests further. 

Individual Volunteering:
Apply as a solo volunteer and join other international volunteers from different part of the world in Ghana. You would meet the wonderful medical team and the staffs as a family.