The aim of the Medical, Nursing and Health Placement is to offer an overview of healthcare in Africa, from major city hospitals to rural health clinics.
In major cities, medical care is fairly good and accessible. However, once you leave the major cities, the standard drops considerably and there is a real shortage of trained medical professionals to work in these communities and provide basic healthcare services.
The Medical, Nursing and Health project is well suited to medical students, nurses and midwives with an interest in experiencing medical work in settings much different to their traditional medical environment.
It is important to note that the facilities and resources on this placement, especially in the more rural clinics, are extremely limited and provide a much different working environment to what most medical students and nurses have experienced before. Therefore, short term students on placement must understand that the clinic work will be be primarily observational, but the longer you spend on this project and the higher your qualification, the more likely it is you will be able to participate in a more hands on capacity. This will be determined by our local team and based on your level of education and previous experience.
We have supported nurses from many leading UK universities, and assisted them on the electives. Please ask if you would like more information.
“They’re all so lovely at the clinic, they do all want to help you. And they want you to stay for as long as you can, because I think they like the extra pair of hands there. There’s not many places in the clinic, so we tried everything. We were comfortable enough to go and sort of do our own thing… We really loved it.”
Alex, Nursing Student, Ghana