Public Health Volunteer Projects in Ghana
- PLACEMENT LOCATIONS: Dodowa, on the outskirts of Accra
- ROLE: To gain valuable work experience from local staff while assisting in community healthcare outreaches
- REQUIREMENTS: Anyone aged 16 and older can join
- TYPE OF PLACEMENT: Hospitals, orphanages, schools, churches, villages and community centres
- ACCOMMODATION: Host family
- PRICE: From
- WHAT'S INCLUDED? Qualified supervisor, food, accommodation, transfers to and from our specified airport, transport to and from work where required, insurance, personal webpage, induction and orientation, 24/7 support
- WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED? Flights, visa costs, spending money
- LENGTH OF PLACEMENT: From 2 weeks
- START DATES: Flexible
Volunteers who wish to specialise in the community outreach aspect of our Ghana Medicine & Healthcare programmes can join a full time Public Health project. Whether you are on a gap year hoping to study medicine at university, a summer placement, or you already have some medical experience, you can make a big difference to local children and adults who would often struggle to access healthcare or afford the treatments without our outreach programme.
The Public Health project is based on the outskirts of Accra, Ghana’s capital city, in a town called Dodowa. Volunteers live with a local Ghanaian host family, who will welcome you into their home and introduce you to the Ghanaian culture.
Voluntary Public Health Placements in Ghana
Volunteers work alongside a local healthcare professional who will train you in the various screening and testing procedures where possible. Volunteers are involved in the following types of work:
- General health testing (e.g. blood sugar levels, body mass index, blood pressure)
- Eye screening
- Screening for worms
- Minor wound and skin treatments
- Malaria testing and treatment
- Educational talks on general health issues (e.g. hygiene and first aid)
The public health outreach programme takes place in orphanages, schools, churches, villages and community centres. Some days will be spent accompanying the team on outreaches to nearby villages, and others will be spent in the public health department at the main hospital. Volunteers usually work from Monday to Friday and have the weekends free to relax or travel.
You can join the Public Health project in Ghana for two or three weeks if you don't have time to join us for four weeks or more. This project has been selected by our local colleagues as being suitable for short term volunteering for both the host communities and the volunteer. Although you will gain a valuable cultural insight and work intensely within the local community please be aware that you may not be able to make the same impact as someone volunteering for a longer period.
You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our Ghana 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.