Our Medical, Nursing & Health placement in Ghana provides medical students with the opportunity to gather work-experience at LA Training Hospital in the capital, Accra and at a rural health clinic.
In the major cities of Ghana, such as Accra, medical care is fairly good and accessible relative to other African nations.
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.
While at the hospital you will be shadowing a doctor in one of Accra’s biggest hospitals. Each week you will get to experience a different ward within the hospital dependent on your experience and interests. The doctor you will be shadowing will ensure that you are learning about every aspect of the hospital and medicine in Western Africa during your internship. Opportunities in midwifery, dentistry and other areas are also available.
At the small rural clinic you’ll work closely with the local staff to develop Sexual Health education and participate in health screening.
If you are willing to be proactive in your role and put as much into your project and your work as you can this can be a truly life changing experience for both you and the patients you work with. It is important to note that the facilities and resources on this project are extremely limited and provide a much different working environment to what most Health students have experienced before.
Midwives are also able to work within one of our rural clinics on this project.
“I’m in university now, and we’re not guaranteed a job at the end. So I think if you’re up for the same job as someone that hasn’t done something like this, it puts you a step ahead, definitely.”