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Individual Volunteer Opportunities: HEALTH CARE

AFRICA

KENYA

Location:  Maua Methodist Hospital.  It is an outreach ministry of the Methodist Church in Kenya.  It has 275 beds with 20 doctors, including 6 specialists, 5 medical officers (GP), 8 medical officer interns, and 1 dentist. The hospital is a government accredited center for training.

Position #1:  Dentist/Family Practitioner/General Practitioner
Duration:  At least two months
Estimated monthly living expenses:  $400.  Housing and ground transportation are provided.

Work description:  Run clinics, guide medical officer and clinical officer interns, participate in morning handover reports, conduct daily ward rounds alongside the specialists and interns


Position #2:  Medical specialist in general surgery, pediatrics, internal medicine, palliative care
Duration:  At least two months
Estimated monthly living expenses:  $400.  Housing and ground transportation are provided.

Work description:  Conduct ward rounds and specialized clinics, guide and mentor medical officer interns, conduct continuing medical education, participate in daily morning handover reports.


LIBERIA


Location
:  Camphor Mission Clinic

Position
:  Visiting Doctor

Work description
:  To teach health professionals, serve alongside personnel in the clinic, midwifery, lab, pharmacy and vaccination programs.

Duration
:  At least three months.

Estimated monthly living expenses
: TBA.  Housing is provided. 



Location
:  The Wealah Mission is 58 miles north of Monrovia in Margibi County.  It has a church, clinic, and school.

Position
:  Health Worker

Work description
:  To teach health professionals, serve and conduct rounds.  To provide health support for the clinic, midwifery, lab, pharmacy and vaccination programs.

Duration
:  At least three months.

Estimated monthly living expenses
:  TBA.  Housing is provided. 


Location
:  Ganta United Methodist Hospital.  The hospital is a 100-bed facility with two operating rooms. Specialty clinics include a dental clinic, diabetes program, HIV/AIDS program, and an eye clinic. It serves a surrounding rural population of 150,000 people

Position:  Dentist and instructor for the Dental Nurse Practitioner Program.

Work description:  The volunteer will provide dental care for the patients in the surrounding area, as well as teach in the dental nurse practitioner program.  A dental license is required.

Duration:  At least two months.

Estimated monthly living expenses:  $280 which includes accommodations and meals, plus $280 for ground transportation.


 SIERRA LEONE


Location
:  Mercy Hospital in Kulanda Town, Bo.  Mercy Hospital is a twenty-six bed primary care facility that is staffed by one Sierra Leone doctor and his staff of licensed nurses, community health officers, other staff and volunteers.  Mercy sees over 900 patients a month, regardless of ability to pay.  Mercy is a vital component of the community in Bo, providing emergency care, inpatient and outpatient care, and blood transfusions at the hospital, while at the same time providing community educational programs for HIV/AIDS, malaria, prenatal care, and nutrition, taking the services of Mercy out into the villages to thousands of people every year.  Mercy is a program of the United Methodist Church in Sierra Leone, and is supported by the US non-profit organization Helping Children Worldwide.\

Position:  Health Care Program Assistant

Work Description:  The volunteer will support the programs and activities of the local Sierra Leone staff.  Activities at Mercy will include direct patient care, planning and participating in outreach programs and community-based primary health care, staff training on health care practices, staff training on computers, technology, office administration, developing  record keeping best practices, organization, time management, case management of patients, and other duties as assigned to support the overall function of Mercy Hospital. Health care credentials are required.

Duration: Two months or longer

Estimated monthly living expenses:  $770 which includes hostel type accommodations and meals. 

ZIMBABWE


LocationZimbabwe Episcopal Health Board Office in Harare. 

Position:  Hospital Administrator

Work description:  The volunteer will serve as the administrative assistant, especially as it relates to grant and program management; supervises project teams and makes decisions related to technical, management, resource allocation, and personnel issues; oversees all management reports and monitoring and evaluation activities in accordance with a Performance Monitoring Plan which monitors progress toward achieving program objectives and target results; oversees all financial management and reporting activities, including budgeting and expenditure tracking.

Duration:  Two years, beginning January 2016

Estimated monthly living expenses:  $1,050, which includes housing and meals.  Ground transportation and utilities costs will be provided by the health board.

CARIBBEAN

HAITI

LocationGrace Children's Hospital in Port-au-Prince.  The hospital houses the Simulation Laboratory in the Educational Training Center.
Position:  Registered Nurse

Work description:  The nurse will be responsible for the following:  coordinate, develop and implement simulation programs, identifying several trainers to implement a "train the trainer" program, develop orientation programs for trainers, and collects data and conducts research using the "trainer the trainer" methodology. A Bachelor of Science (BSN) is preferred, with simulation experience.  Functional French and Creole is required.

Duration:  Six to twelve months

Estimated monthly living expenses:  $800, which includes housing, meals, and ground transportation

 

CENTRAL AMERICA

 

NORTH AMERICA

UNITED STATES

Location:  Red Bird Mission in Beverly, Ky.  Red Bird Mission, guided by Jesus Christ, empowers individuals and advocates justice by providing spiritual, educational, health, and community ministries.

Position:
  Public Health Volunteer

Work description:
  Responsibilities include conducting home visits to assess physical needs of clients, obtain vitals and health assessments for the elderly population, perform hearing and vision screenings for students in the K-12 schools, participate in exercise and nutrition educational programs, conduct health surveys and assist the public health nurse.   The volunteer must know standards of health care and how to apply them in any environment.

Duration:
  Two months, beginning March 2014.

Estimated monthly living expenses:
  $75, which includes meals.  The volunteer is required to bring their own RV.  The hookups are provided at no cost. Free wi-fi is provided, along with free laundry services.


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