Public Health Project in Sri Lanka
- Placement locations: Colombo
- Role: To work in a variety of healthcare areas, including community outreaches and public health campaigns
- Requirements: Volunteers must be aged 18 years or over
- Accommodation: Host families
- Length of placement: From 4 weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
In Sri Lanka, conditions are slowly improving: the gap between income equality has shrunk in recent years and more communities have access to electricity and clean water. Unfortunately, there are still communities which remain severely disadvantaged, and one of the biggest problems they face is a lack of access to health services and basic treatment.
As a volunteer on Projects Abroad’s Public Health Project, you will help provide vital basic medical services in these communities while gaining valuable practical experience. This placement is suitable for everyone interested in medicine and healthcare, and is especially useful for pre-med students building your CV for medical school, healthcare graduates interested in adding to their skills, or professionals already working in the field.
Volunteering on a Public Health Project in Sri Lanka
In Sri Lanka, we work alongside Moratuwa (MOH), a medical health organisation that falls under the Preventive Health Sector of the Regional Director of Health Services (RDHS) in Colombo. MOH was established in the early 1950s and offers maternal and child health services, including a training centre for midwives. There are 5 full time doctors and 3 nursing sisters who cover work at 17 clinics.
Your placement will involve the following activities:
- Assisting doctors and staff at the centres and help mothers fill out their child’s health development record.
- Collecting and entering data.
- Assisting public health midwives during field and house-to-house visits.
- Assisting the public health inspector on government school visits during medical inspections.
If you have a background in dentistry, you will be able to assist dentists during visits to schools and dental clinics.
During your time on the project, you will also have the opportunity to attend monthly medical camps and seminars with all of the other medical volunteers in Sri Lanka.
You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our Sri Lanka Medicine & Healthcare Management Plan.
This placement is fully researched, safety audited and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.