Life in a Ugandan community is no different to other regions of Africa and poverty still has a large impact on the quality of life the Ugandan people are able to enjoy. One of the largest problems Ugandan communities face through is a lack of medical knowledge, supplies and education.
The aim of this project is to increase access to quality healthcare in Uganda, providing support to under-resourced local clinics, medical centers and hospitals. These placements encompass a wide range of medical fields and offer in and out-patient services, supporting a high number of patients each day.
This project is well suited to volunteers who are looking to gain international healthcare experience in placements that are underfunded and under-resourced.
What will I do?
As a medical volunteer in Uganda you will be working in a local clinic or hospital supported by Africa Sustainable Tourism Care Foundation helping to lessen the burden on the stretched resources of the medical service. These facilities are often stretched to breaking point and in desperate need of additional help. This is where you come in!
You can expect to work as an assistant alongside local doctors and nurses and undertake tasks that are relevant to your level of experience and qualifications. It is important to be aware that most patients speak very little English so one-to-one interaction with patients is limited. When patients do speak English, you can expect more hands-on work if you are fully qualified.
This project is open to fully qualified doctors and nurses, as well as students who have completed at least 2 years of nursing or medical school. Fully qualified Paramedics, EMTs, CNAs and other healthcare professionals are also welcome to join the Medical project in Uganda. Possible fields of work include Maternity, Pediatrics, Geriatrics, Laboratory, Pharmacy, Cancer Screening, Family Planning, Immunizations, De-Worming, General Medicine, Gynecology and HIV/AIDS. There is also the opportunity to participate on community outreach efforts once a week. If you are specialized in aparticular field, please provide details in your application form to assist us in placing you where you will be most effective. Keep in mind that you will need to be flexible and willing to work within other areas as needed.
Please note that once you have registered on the program, you will need to provide a copy of your qualifications and certificates to our project manager during the orientation in Uganda in order for an adequate medical placement to be arranged. If you are studying, please provide a copy of your academic transcript. These must be received by our project staff during the orientation in Uganda.
Our volunteer programs are based both in the town of Fort Portal, which is located 300 kilometers from the capital city of Kampala and in Jinja town about 80 Kilometers east of the capital city of Kampala. The volunteer program begins on the first and third Monday of each month. Volunteers can choose to volunteer for periods ranging from 1 week to 24 weeks.