This diverse medical volunteer project has huge potential to improve the level of primary health care that is currently provided in the rural communities in Malawi. The project focuses on improving health care through education and awareness, as well as supporting medical treatment. Volunteers with different levels of experience and knowledge can be of great importance in assisting either in community work or within resourced medical clinics.
The current government health care system in Malawi is organised into three levels.
- Local health care centers – these deal with the most common and easily treated problems and offer maternity services
- District community hospitals – these deal with more serious cases. They provide secondary health care, including some basic types of surgery.
- Central hospitals – there are 3 central hospitals where they offer tertiary care. They are situated in the North, Central and Southern regions of Malawi.
As the majority of Malawi’s population lives in rural areas, access to these facilities is difficult and expensive as half of Malawi’s population lives below the poverty line. Malawi faces constant food uncertainty, high levels of malnutrition leading to a high infant mortality rate. Furthermore, Malawi is one of the countries most affected by HIV/AIDS and malaria.
Details about the project
Upon arrival you will be collected from the airport and driven to your project accommodation where you will be settled in and given your introductions. You will receive transport to and from your project every day.
Details about the project
Malawi Medical project details
Arrival Day: Monday
Arrival Time: Anytime before 2PM
Airport: Lilongwe Airport (LLW)
Departure Day: Monday
Departure time: +- 11AM – 1PM
Min + Max Duration: 4 Weeks+
Any arrivals outside of the specified dates and times will result in extra charges due to being outside of the pick up and drop off schedule from Lilongwe and the project location.
Volunteer tasks will be dependent on experience, interests and the greatest need at the time. Below are various areas where volunteers’ help will be needed.
- Home-Based Care
- Wound Care
- HIV/AIDS Awareness
- Malaria Prevention and Awareness
- Rural community hospital
- Nurseries for Orphans & Vulnerable Children
You will work a full day between 8am – 5pm including a lunch break. Your days will be dependent on your experience and everyday may change from one day to the next.
Project tasks may sometimes seem repetitive – but your efforts will make a huge difference. Enjoy the project locations, your fellow team members, and the fact that you are helping to make a difference in the education levels of children that will benefit them in later years. Know that through your efforts, many children who would otherwise have had nowhere to go during the day are in a safe and loving environment.
Please note that from time to time there can be unavoidable changes to projects. These can be caused by weather, conservation priorities, materials supply, or because ongoing projects have progressed more quickly or slowly than originally planned. We ask you to accept the changes – we are sure that you will enjoy the replacement projects just as much.
- Fully completed application form, medical history form & motivation form, with acceptance from the project
- Police clearance / Background check
- Basic level of competency in English
- Copy of return flight itinerary
- Medium level of fitness
Volunteers will stay in a comfortable, shared house in a rural village in the Mangochi District. The volunteer house is located on the shores of the stunning Lake Malawi. The area in which volunteers are based (and Malawi in general) is very safe. The house is, however, fenced and gated for additional security and privacy.
The bedrooms in the volunteer house are large shared rooms, generally with single or bunk beds. Mosquito nets are provided and the rooms either have en-suite facilities, or an adjacent bathroom. The bathrooms all consist of western style flush toilets and showers.