Healthcare Project in Fiji (Suva)

Suva, Fiji

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15 people
7 days
Code: 406
Medical Health Care, Volunteering Abroad
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The general health of average Fijians are quite good and robust as most of the youths are interested in Sports and they begin their training at an early age. However, as they get older, especially the women, they tend to get obese after births of their children. Since most of the local population live in the villages, they have little or no knowledge of hygiene and diet. This leads to a wide range of diseases like high blood sugar, cholesterol, hypertension etc. The other common diseases common in villages are skin eruptions/ lesions, urinary infections, gum disease and heart diseases.

Our healthcare education initiative is in its infancy and requires the skills of both established medical and healthcare professionals and those who are interested in teaching basic first-aid and personal hygiene. This need for having project participants on either end of the medical spectrum arises due to the great extremes in hygiene and health practices. Apart from needing qualified professionals in order to conduct health camps and dental checkups, we also need participants who can educate people in the areas of basic first-aid and personal hygiene such as washing hands, brushing teeth and general cleanliness. This works towards the prevention of many avoidable health problems and easily communicable diseases.

If you are interested in education and simple hygiene techniques, you are welcome to join the Healthcare Education project. Medical professionals who can offer guidance on the project’s development would be immensely valuable, however it is not imperative that participants have a medical background to join. As a participant of this project, you can support to run healthcare campaigns in local schools around Suva, actively teach the importance of basic hygiene – emphasize brushing teeth correctly, washing hands and general body cleanliness. Many of the daily routines that we carry out without thinking are not common practices with the children you will meet, but starting simple education early can go a long way for immediate and future healthcare. If you have a medical background, check-up clinics for local children and adults can be organized with your help.

Please note this trip may require you to purchase a cultural experience week with it. Click Here to find the relevant cultural experience week based on the country where this trip operates in.

During 2017

This program starts every week.

During 2018

This program starts every week.

Aims & Objectives

The aim and objective is to work towards the prevention of many avoidable health problems and easily communicable diseases.

Schedule
Monday to Friday

During the first half of the day in the morning, a local doctor will meet you and explain to you all the various medical aspects as well as the medical needs of the local community. Later you will then be taken to the local government schools and take part in awareness campaign, health and hygiene teaching to the children of various ages, first aid teaching, and many more health and medical related program will be conducted for the children everyday.

On the last Wednesday of every month, in alliance with the local team of doctors, a general health check-up camp will be organized by us for the benefit of villagers. Free medicines and treatment will be made available to all.

The activity plan will be confirmed again every Friday. The program can change depending on the school plan/activities from the local students, weather and local conditions. The working time will be around 4 hours a day

Participant Criteria & Requirements
Standard Requirements

Minimum age:                18

Maximum age:                -

Minimum English level:        Intermediate

CRB required:                On Signup

Passport copy required:        On Signup

Resume copy required:        No

Required qualification:        Medical Background

Additional Requirements
  • A medical background or related work experience - Nursing and medical students welcome
  • A medical background or related work experience - Nursing and medical students welcome
Additional Equipment

No specific equipment necessary.

Accommodation, food, airport pick-up (if required), full support in-country, pre-departure advice and project transport.

Flights, Travel Insurance, Visa, Vaccinations or Personal Spending Money

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