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Medical Volunteering Namibia

The aim of this project is to provide volunteers with a wonderful opportunity to contribute to the medical welfare of the San community and experience unspoiled African wilderness.

Our volunteers are key to the success of this special place. All the money raised through our volunteering programme goes directly back into the project which provides employment, healthcare, education and accommodation to the local Bushman community and to ensure the rescue, survival and rehabilitation of orphaned and injured African wildlife.

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Namibia truly is a wonderful country to experience, the scenery is spectacular and you will work with our friendly and dedicated team. If you come prepared to learn and to give your best you will be rewarded with a fantastic experience and wonderful memories to take home.

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During the project you will spend your time at our remote clinic in east Namibia. This is located in Omawewozonyanda, a rural village in the Omaheke Region in which around 500 San and Herero people live.

From here you will help provide primary healthcare to the local community and surrounding areas by assisting our Doctor and Nurse. (No experience is needed).

The Lifeline Clinic treats around 3,500 patients each year. Approximately 80% of our patients are San, and the remainder are mostly Herero and Damara speaking Namibians. You will have the opportunity to provide hands-on support at the clinic, checking measurements such as blood pressure, haemoglobin levels and mid arm upper circumference; helping run reception; and helping in the dispensary. You will deal closely with patients from the local San community, learn more about their way of life and give care to patients living in extreme poverty at the clinic’s remote location.

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Your arrival and departure base will be the Wildlife Sanctuary, so if you wish you can also have the unique opportunity to work with the animals for a few days too. The Lifeline Clinic is approximately a 4 hour drive from the sanctuary and we will arrange all your transfers.

Our aim is to provide volunteers with the wonderful opportunity to experience African wilderness in the knowledge that you are contributing to improving the lives of the people of Namibia.

Activities and Duties

At our rural clinic in the remote area of Epukiro you will work alongside the clinic’s Doctor and Nurse to learn about the common diseases affecting the local population and how to treat them. You will deal closely with patients from the local San community, learn more about their way of life and give care to patients living in extreme poverty at the clinic's remote location. The teaching will be tailored to your skill level, background and knowledge.
Prospective medical students can expect teaching on basic clinical skills, history taking and examinations of patients. Trained professionals will be asked to run consultations with patients and assist during the outreach work. This will provide a great opportunity for trained professionals to have a greater impact on the people who are at most in need of help.

Depending on the length of your stay and medical knowledge, you may be asked to undertake a research project/assignment. This should be something that you are interested in, as well as be something that is useful to the clinic and of benefit to our patients. Examples of projects include mapping distances patients travel to the clinic and local patterns of disease, rates of TB amongst our patients and compliance with medication, and our patients' knowledge of HIV transmission and disease.

 

Whatever your background or experience, you shall assist with the daily duties which may include:

  • Primary Healthcare: observations, reassurance to patients, treatments and emergency referrals
  • Observations: pregnancy tests, and urine tests for patients and recording findings
  • Weighing babies and recording growth charts
  • Blood pressure recordings
  • Glucose testing and recording
  • Wound dressings and cleaning of wounds
  • Help in the pharmacy: stock control, packing medicines and new orders
  • Family planning
  • Substance abuse counselling
  • Data capture input
  • Accompanying the nurse into the community to carry out procedures
  • General maintenance and cleaning of the clinic
  • Helping with projects around the clinic such as the vegetable garden
  • Volunteers often have special skills that are invaluable to the clinic and we encourage you to use them and suggest new activities that you feel the project will benefit from.
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