Health and Hygiene Volunteer
Nsutaman Polyclinic - Nsuta, Ghana
Volunteer Job Description
The Nsutaman Polyclinic provides services to a very large Ashanti Region including Nsuta and 31 surrounding villages. It mainly serves as a day clinic and 24 hour emergency care for the community.
The clinic has a Public Health Unit which conducts seminars on nutrition, personal hygiene, pre and postnatal care, HIV/AIDS issues, as well as, infectious diseases. They provide these sessions not only to the general populations but at the schools in the community as well.
Healthcare provision in rural areas is very basic, with many having to travel long distances by foot to get to relevant care. This results in some mortalities, that with better provisions could have been prevented.
The Public Health Unit of the Nsutaman Polyclinic places skilled health professionals at their clinics to provide educational sessions related to a vast number of medical conditions and issues in Ghana such as: HIV/AIDS, sexuality in youth, family planning, maternity health, nutrition, palliative care for cancer patients, various eye conditions, blindness and aspects of prevention, malaria, as well as information regarding the importance of community health insurance, proper sanitation and safe water.
Community Health Centres and Regional Referral Hospitals send volunteers to help with these public health projects. Volunteers are needed at this placement to support the staff at the various clinics. They have specifically requested for HIV/AIDS awareness volunteers to help educate the people in Ghana about the causes, effects and prevention of HIV/AIDS.
The volunteer does not need to have had previous experience related to this illness but they must have good communication skills and a sincere desire to help in the fight against AIDS. Volunteers must also be willing to travel with the nurses for any and all outreach programs.
Volunteers should have previously researched and educated themselves in respect to the different aspects of the illness including the up-to-date different types of anti retrovirus therapies that are prescribed to individuals infected with HIV, so that they can make a meaningful contribution during their volunteering commitment, at this placement.