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