The healthcare system in Ghana is considered fairly good in relation to other African countries, however there is still considerable need for volunteer assistance. Once you leave the major cities, the standard of healthcare drops considerably and there is a real shortage of trained medical professionals to work in these communities and provide basic healthcare services.
When volunteering on the Medical project in Ghana, you can help in small clinics in under-resourced, rural areas for two days a week, and with mobile wound care outreach for the remaining three days. You should expect to be working with limited resources, and understand that the healthcare environment you’re volunteering in will be different to what you’re used to.
Volunteer duties will depend on your experience and how much time you’re spending on your program. Longer term and qualified volunteers are more likely to have hands-on tasks, though this should not be expected. Initially at least, your tasks are likely to be mostly observational or administrative. Outreach clinics are more hands-on than clinic-based volunteering.
This project is open to qualified medical or nursing professionals as well as volunteers who have completed at least two years of medical or nursing training. You will need to provide a copy of your qualifications, or a letter and transcript from your school to the local team in Ghana on arrival.
A US$49 (approximately CA$63) per week surcharge applies to cover additional transportation and materials required.
For alternative healthcare volunteering opportunities in Ghana that are suitable for students as well as healthcare professionals, see our Healthcare Outreach and Education project in Ghana.Apply now