Medical & Healthcare Placement in Ghana

Accra, Ghana

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10 people
28 days
Code: GHIMH1
Health Education and Public Services, Internships
Suitable for those seeking medical experience
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Gain valuable experience in the medical and healthcare field on this incredible placement which gives you an inside view on Ghana's healthcare system. Whether you are looking to volunteer your time to gain experience before starting a medical career, or are looking to gain university credits through a medical elective, this placement will provide you with everything you need to kick start your career in medicine.

Overview

Medical care in developing countries is often desperately limited due to problems of ignorance, under funding and over-subscription. Hospitals and clinics throughout these countries can be severely under resourced and are continually in need of extra support. This story is also true of Ghana, and we have developed a close relationship with a number of hospitals and clinics in the Ghanaian capital, Accra, to give those who have an interest in medicine the chance to help improve the quality and delivery of local healthcare services.

Our medical and healthcare placements will therefore allow you to support developing communities in Ghana while giving you a valuable insight into the medical services that exist in Africa and the issues that the medical professionals and patients face on a daily basis.

Your Medical Placement
The medical placement has links with a number of hospitals and specialist clinics in and around the capital, Accra. These range from maternity clinics, where you can assist with pre and post natal care, to family planning clinics where you can work with local staff to give advice on sexual health issues, and large general hospitals in the city, which are understaffed and do not have the financial support needed to always give sufficient care to all the patients who come through the doors.

Some clinics run community outreach programmes that see teams of medical staff go into the local communities to visit patients and families from poorer areas. During your time on our medical care project, you will therefore be able to shadow and assist (depending on experience) the local medical staff in the clinics and/or hospitals in Accra, and take on a supportive and extremely rewarding role.

All programs start every Monday of the year. You can arrive at the airport on a Saturday or Sunday to receive a free airport collection service. We'll supply you with full details when you book.

You can come for any period from 4 weeks plus. There will be an additional charge for each extra week you want to come, so please get in touch to find out more.

Note: some National holidays may disrupt activities.

Accommodation and Food
The accommodation is basic but comfortable and you will stay in a dormitory style room. The accommodation has a very sociable atmosphere and you will find it a great place to relax and unwind in the evenings. The accommodation is also centrally located to the placements. Shops and other useful amenities are either a short walk or taxi ride away.

You will be provided with three meals a day, comprising a mixture of local Ghanaian and Western style dishes.

Travel and Adventure in Ghana
You will be encouraged to explore Ghana during your free time so you can sample some of its breathtaking sights and meet some of Africa's friendliest people. The capital, Accra, is full of great places to visit and you will meet both locals and other travellers at a variety of bars and restaurants that provide authentic African live music and dancing. There are also a large number of western-style pubs and clubs, including an Irish Bar, an American Sports Bar and a series of dance-venues very close to where you are living. And, if you fancy a football experience to remember, then prepare yourself for watching Hearts of Oak at the National Stadium where the locals wave flags, blow horns and dance on the roofs of the terraces!

Other Options in Ghana
It is likely that there will be a whole variety of other activities you can get involved with while you are away. Because we have focused in-country teams, they will be able to inform you of other opportunities both inside and outside the capital. This gives you a unique chance to combine projects and experience the country in a whole variety of ways.

Visa
Most foreigners will require a visa to enter Ghana, we recommend you apply for a tourist visa. You can check your visa requirements by visiting the Ghana High Commission website nearest to where you are based.

Everyone will also require a yellow fever vaccination to enter Ghana and a certificate to prove you have had this. You should contact your travel nurse to discuss this further.

In-Country Staff
Your safety and enjoyment is extremely important to us. That’s why we have dedicated in-country teams to look after you throughout your placement. Our staff live nearby, can be reached 24-hours a day and will check-in with you throughout your placement to ensure everything is running smoothly, and you are happy in your new environment.

24-Hour Emergency Support
In addition to our in-country staff, you will benefit from our international support network. You will be given emergency contact details before you leave which you can call in the event of a crisis. We are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Accommodation, food, airport pick-up (if required), full support in-country and UK, pre-departure advice and access to a personalised travel centre full of extra information to help you be well prepared for the trip.

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