Medical Student Volunteer

Maamobi Hospital - Accra, Ghana
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-616 Location: Accra, Ghana Sector: Health Care Category: Medicine Min Duration: 2 weeks Lodging: BaseCamp or Host Family Language: None
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Volunteer Job Description

The Maamobi Hospital was founded as a clinic but quickly, due to need, became a hospital. Its role is to provide quality and affordable health care to the people of Accra. However, adequate, trained, medical staff is a major challenge.

A medical student volunteer's duties would depend on how far advanced the medical student is in his/her educational endeavours towards obtaining his/her doctor's degree and the amount of actual medical experience in the field.

A medical student volunteer's participation at this hospital may include working in several areas of the hospital be it: assisting the local doctors on the wards, the emergency room, the operating room, out-patient clinics, the laboratory, the pharmacy or in conducting educational sessions etc.

For volunteers who are willing to contribute time towards a worthwhile medical endeavour and at the same time desire to advance their medical knowledge towards their future careers as doctors -- this is a great place to start.

A medical student must have completed at least two years in medical school; be willing to work in all departments of the hospital and be able to contribute at least two weeks of his/her time at this placement.

Volunteer Tasks Required

In & Out-Patient Departments

Medical student volunteers would be expected to assist staff in the in-patient and out-patient departments. Duties would include: the medical history of patients and their current medical problems; maintaining accurate patient records and at times assisting in the medical care of the patients.

Emergency

Medical student volunteers could observe and support staff in the emergency department. It is one of the busiest departments in the hospital and volunteers can help with numerous tasks to help relieve some of the workload of staff.

Educational Seminars

A medical student volunteer may be asked to assist in the development and implementation of educational seminars. These sessions could be for patients at different types of clinics conducted at the hospital such as: HIV/AIDS, malaria, family planning or even information about health insurance plans available in Ghana.

Pathology

A medical student volunteer may be asked to help in the pathology and microbiology department. This way volunteers will get to learn about diseases and illnesses prevalent in Ghana.

Host Organization Details

Maamobi Hospital

The Maamobi Hospital is a government facility that provide service to the people of Ayawaso Sub Metro which consists of the major community zones of Maamobi , Alajo , Nima , Legon, Kotobabi and Westland.

The hospital was founded as a clinic, however, due to the vast number of communities it serviced, the rapid raise in population and the excellent quality of care that the clinic provided it soon became a hospital. At the present time the hospital employs approximately 420 staff. Almost all of the staff speak English and most also speak the local dialect of Twi or Hause.

Maamobi Hospital's role is to provide quality and affordable health care to its clients. The hospital currently provides the following services, a Surgical Unit, General Medicine, Maternity Care, Dental Care, Eye. Ear, Nose and Throat treatment center, Nutrition and Rehabilitation Divisions. They have a Pharmacy and an X-Ray (Imaging) Department, as well as an in-patient and out-patient department. The in-patient ward has 20 beds and is divided to provide care for female and male adults, as well as children.

There is an Emergency Department that provides 24 hour service to the people of Maamobi and the surrounding communities. The hospital is striving to obtain accreditation for services in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Maamobi Hospital also has a ward that treats TB patients who require hospitalization. All other TB patients seen at the hospital are given their medication and any instructions necessary regarding their medical treatment plus the date for their next appointment at the hospital.

When They Were Founded

Maamobi Hospital was established by the Government of Ghana in 1968. It started as a clinic that served the community but quickly developed into a hospital. It has been serving the people of Maamobi and the surrounding communities for the past 45 years. It is continually striving: to provide current quality care, as well as to increase the services provided.

How Are They Funded

The hospital is funded through international funds and the government pays the staff. Some donations are obtained from private companies in Ghana, as well as from individual donors.

Donation Requests

The organization would appreciate hospital equipment and supplies such as:

blankets syringes needles stethoscopes cotton balls tensor bandages compresses splints antiseptics cleaners hand sanitizers ointments administration supplies (paper, pens, calculators and tape)

Placement Location Information

Accra, Ghana

Maamobi Hospital is one of the clinics that is self-funded as well as supported by the government of Ghana. The hospital serves Ayawaso sub-metro which has seven major community zones namely Maamobi, Nima, Alajo, Legon, Nima, Kotobabi and West land.

This hospital has a maternity and recorvery ward, dental unit, General OPD, ENT, Pharmacy, Xray and Scan unit, Nutrition and rehabilitation unit.

Maamobi is basically a muslim community. It is near Nima another muslim community, therefore, tro tros (public transit) going to these locations are called by both names -- Nima and Mamobi tro tro. There is a big market place between these two locations which links them together and these communities are dominated by muslims cuisine.

Transfer From BaseCamp

Volunteers will walk ten minutes to Kaneshie station and then ride a tro tro (public transit) to Pigfarm, exiting at Abavaana Junction. It will take approximately one hour each morning when there is traffic, without traffic about 35 minutes. The tro tro will stop at Abavanna Junction and from there you will walk on the right hand side for about ten minutes until you reach the hospital.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 3 km
Travel Time from BaseCamp: 1:0

Weather in the Area

The dry season in Ghana is from September to March and temperatures generally range from 25-40 degrees Celsius. The rainy season begins in April and lasts until August and the temperature is a bit cooler at 20-35 degrees Celsius. As the name of the season suggests, rainfall increases dramatically throughout these months. It is generally not constant rain, but when it does rain, it usually pours.

Often the weather can change throughout the day. At one moment it is very hot and the next moment it is pouring rain. Volunteers are advised to bring a good waterproof jacket while in this area.

City/Village Description

Accra is a vibrant city that is steeped in history. There is a historical lighthouse in the district of Jamestown; built in 1871, by the British. Climb to the top and enjoy the fantastic view of the Gold Coast. Note the traditional fishing boats and Fort Ussher. Observe the hustle and bustle of Jamestown.

Accra is home to the National Arts Market which provides an opportunity for volunteers to practice their bartering skills for paintings, carvings, bead work, fabric, and many other unique West African Arts.

There are many places to see in Accra. Why not visit one of the many museums? Accra also has an eclectic music scene, with a good beat to be found on almost every corner.

Activities in and around Accra include biking, swimming, catching a soccer game, drumming, dancing lessons, art lessons, and much more.

Nearest Medical Clinic

37 Military Hospital
Liberation Road
Accra
TEL 1: 030 2777595
TEL 2: 030 2767691

Placement Address

Maamobi Hospital
Maamobi Street
Accra
Ghana

Accommodation and Meals

All of our volunteers begin their stay in Ghana at our BaseCamp Center in Accra. Given that this placement is less than a 1 hour and 15 minute commute from BaseCamp, volunteers working here will have the option of living with us at BaseCamp or living with a host family.

The following information outlines a brief description of life at BaseCamp and also what someone can expect living with a host family in Ghana. Once you have completed our application, you can let our staff know if you would prefer to live with a host family. Otherwise, your application will default to having you live with us at BaseCamp.

If you have any questions about the difference between life at BaseCamp or life with a host family in Ghana you can always give us a call or send us an email. Our contact details are listed in the footer of every page of the site.

BaseCamp Ghana

BaseCamp Ghana
BaseCamp Ghana Address

C/O Pink Hostel
5th Crescent
Accra, Ghana

BaseCamp Ghana Contact Details

Tel: 233-243-745-771 (Hostel Number)
Mobile: 233-245-916-108

The BaseCamp Center in Accra is a hostel situated in the residential neighbourhood of Asylum Down. This is a relaxing and peaceful area, away from the continuous activity and hubbub of the tourist district, but central enough that we are within walking distance of many attractions in Accra including the National Museum, Kwame Nkrumah Circle and Adabraka Market.

The centre itself is a three-story building with several dormitory rooms. There are also several quiet areas where volunteers can study and relax including a covered area outside. There is an internet cafe, allowing volunteers to stay in touch with friends and family abroad. In addition to this, free WIFI can be accessed throughout the building.

All volunteers spend their orientation in this centre when they first arrive in Ghana. The workshops and language training take place in this building as well although each day we incorporate outings to learn about the area and how to get around independently.

Living With a Host Family in Ghana

Living with a host family in Ghana is a fantastic way to gain a deep understanding of and appreciation for the people and customs of the country. Each home-stay will provide a bed and three meals per day for our volunteers. The majority of host families offer private rooms with only one or two volunteers living with the family.

Living with a host family can greatly enhance your performance at your placement. For one, it will have a huge influence on the speed with which you gain familiarity with the local language. This, along with your deeper understanding of cultural practices and beliefs that you are likely to gain in this environment, can go a long way to improving or strengthening your relationships with your team mates at work. Furthermore, a significant percentage of our host families are closely affiliated with the organizations with which our volunteers work. As such, even the evening meal or hanging out around the house can become valuable time during which volunteers can share their ideas and continue their support of their host organization.

All of this being said, living with a host family is not for everyone. It is very important for volunteers to honor the house rules in their host family and to be punctual. Also, depending on how remote your placement location, host families can be very rustic. Our staff in country can give you a better idea of what exactly you can expect from a host family in any particular community. However, in general, if these things sound like they might pose a challenge for you, we strongly suggest that you look at a placement within commuting distance from BaseCamp Ghana.

How the Program Works

Our program structure and costing is completely flexible which lets our volunteers ensure that they only pay for exactly the degree of support that they want.

Option 1 - Free Services

Some volunteers prefer to coordinate their own accommodation, meals and other support while overseas.

Anyone is welcome to use our volunteer placement search tool to help in finding a placement that is well suited to their interests. Once someone finds a placement that they wish to work with, they are welcome to make all the rest of their arrangmeents on their own.

As well, our team of staff overseas are often able to offer a few helpful pointers for volunteers 'doing it on their own'. Just send us an email with your questions and we will put you in touch with our team abroad. We only ask that you keep your requests fairly general, as this type of advice is exactly how our team earn their living. :)

Option 2 - Placement Support - 250 USD

Other volunteers would like assistance in selecting and confirming their placement, but they plan to manage their own accommodation and other expenses on their own.

These volunteers have the option of choosing to only have our assistance with selecting and confirming their placement. This option also includes ongoing placement support while abroad, so a volunteer would be able to ask our team for help if things at their placement were not working out.

In providing Placement Support, our team works with each volunteer through email, telephone and either Skype or Google Hangouts, to ensure that each volunteer has a clear understanding of their placement options. Our in-country staff will put together a custom list of placement options for each volunteer that they believe are the most appropriate matches with the volunteer's background, skills and interests. Then each volunteer can work with our team both in Canada and abroad to go through each of the options and narrow-down their selection.

Option 3 - Full Program Support

For most volunteers who are volunteering for less than a year, they are looking for an option that includes their accommodation, meals, airport reception, country and program orientation and placement support. This is what our Program Fees are designed for.

We are proud of how over the years we have ensured that our program fees are amoungst the most reasonable of any program in the world while we continue to provide exceptional volunteer support both at home and abroad.

Our Program Fees and listings of what these do and do not include are listed below:

Program Fees

Program Fees - Ghana

  Registration Fee
250
 
  1 Week
395
 
  2 Weeks
535
 
  3 Weeks
675
 
  4 Weeks
815
 
  5 Weeks
940
 
  6 Weeks
1,065
 
  7 Weeks
1,190
 
  8 Weeks
1,315
 
 
 
  Additional Weeks
120
 
All program fees are listed in US Dollars.

What is Included
  • Pre-Departure support
  • Placement consulation
  • Airport reception & transfer
  • 2 Day orientation
  • Accommodation (BaseCamp or host family)
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Emergency & placement support

What is Not Included
    Before Departure
  • International flight
  • Travel medical insurance
  • Visa costs where required
  • Work permits where required
    While Overseas
  • Daily transportation to and from placement
  • Transport to airport on departure
  • Placement fees if requried


Program Dates


Our regularly scheduled program start dates are the first Friday of each month, every month of the year. We strongly recommend beginning your program on one of these dates as this will allow you to go through our orientation alongside other international volunteers.

If you would prefer, our application will also allow you to select a custom start date for your program. Keep in mind that there is an additional fee for a custom start date which ranges from 50 to 75 USD.

Apr 05, 2019 May 03, 2019 Jun 07, 2019
Jul 05, 2019 Aug 02, 2019 Sep 06, 2019
Oct 04, 2019 Nov 01, 2019 Dec 06, 2019
Jan 03, 2020 Feb 07, 2020 Mar 06, 2020
Apr 03, 2020 May 01, 2020 Jun 05, 2020
Jul 03, 2020 Aug 07, 2020 Sep 04, 2020
Oct 02, 2020 Nov 06, 2020 Dec 04, 2020
Jan 01, 2021 Feb 05, 2021 Mar 05, 2021

PLEASE NOTE:

These dates are the day that volunteers should plan to arrive on the ground in country. We can accommodate arrivals in-country at any time day or night on these dates.

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