Namibia Medical Project

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Namibia Medical Project

2 Weeks From €1100

he Clinic is based in Epukiro provides free primary health care services to more than 3,500 patients every year – through both clinic-based healthcare and personal outreach around the region. More than 40% of the patients treated there are children and more than 90% are San Bushmen. A huge focus of the work at the Clinic is to tackle the tuberculosis burden within the San population. The clinic is quite literally a lifeline for thousands of San Bushman. The clinic consists of a clinic manager, one nurse, one receptionist, and four translators. Medical volunteers are the lifeblood of the Lifeline Clinic. You will be fully immersed in the culture of Epukiro, home to the San Bushmen. Experience day-to-day life and the common struggles faced by the community. 

Details about the project

What's included

Upon arrival you will be collected from the airport and driven to your accommodation where you’ll be given your project orientation and you’ll meet your fellow volunteers.

Guidance

24 hour support and supervision 

Accommodation

Room share with other volunteers

Food & Beverages

Three meals a day, coffee & tea included

Details about the project

Namibia Medical Project details

  • Arrival Day: Saturday (Project starts every second Sunday according to set dates. Please refer to project dates document) 
  • Arrival Time: Any time 
  • Airport: Windhoek Hosea Kutako Airport (WHK), Namibia. 
  • Departure Day: Saturday 
  • Departure time: Between 11am and 1pm 
  • Min Duration: 2 weeks
  • Max Duration: N/A
  • Min Age: 18 years old 
  • Max Age: N/A – Medium level of fitness and healthy 

NOTE: If you arrive or depart on a different day and time to that specified above, you will have to pay an additional transfer fee of +-N$ 500.00 in cash to the project coordinator on arrival/departure for a private transfer. 

Volunteers will have the rare and exciting opportunity to work alongside the clinic’s team 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 assist 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 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 the patients. Examples of projects include mapping distances patients travel to the clinic and local patterns of disease, rates of TB amongst patients and compliance with medication, and patients’ knowledge of HIV transmission and disease. 

Sunday:

Transfer from farm to clinic, house induction on arrival, potjie for dinner (traditional African stew)

Monday:

Clinic induction and staff meet & greet, assist with clinic work

Tuesday:

Town run for general groceries for mother & baby day and TB food, Volunteers to help with inventory (Outreach boxes, Medicine etc)

Wednesday:

Outreach to neighbouring remote villages

Thursday:

Mother & baby day, baby check ups

Friday:

General health educational outreach

Saturday:

Visit the Wildlife Sanctuary for activity if desired plus meal out (Extra costs applicable)

Sunday:

House cleaning, Bush Braai (African word for BBQ)

Monday:

Clinic day

Tuesday:

Town run for general groceries for mother & baby day and TB food, volunteers to help with inventory (Outreach boxes, Medicine etc)

Wednesday:

Outreach to neighbouring remote villages

Thursday: 

Pharmacy stock counts, pharmacy order

Friday:

Farewells and photos with staff, transfer back to Farm

  • Completed application form 
  • Basic level of competency in English 
  • Copy of return flight itinerary 
  • Medium level of fitness

● Triple or twin share rooms (same gender sharing). 

● All linen will be provided. 

● No visitors are permitted to enter the property unless permitted by the project leader 

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Activity level

8

Education level

9

Involvement level

8

Independence level