Medical Student Volunteer

Mampong Government Hospital - Mampong, Ghana
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-782 Location: Mampong, Ghana Sector: Health Care Category: Medicine Min Duration: 2 weeks Lodging: Host Family / Lodge Language: Basic
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Volunteer Job Description

Mampong Government Hospital is located in the town of Mampong and serves a large percentage of the people in the five districts of Mampong. The staff attend to the needs of about 200 people who come to the hospital each day seeking medical attention, as well as the in-patients. Adequately trained, medical staff is a major challenge and two doctors from Cuba have come to assist at this hospital.

Any medical students who can volunteer some of their time at this institution are most welcome and appreciated. A medical student volunteer's duties would depend on how far advanced the medical student was 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, (under the direct supervision of the local doctors) be it: assisting the local doctors on the wards, the emergency room, out-patient clinics, the laboratory 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 volunteer 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

Education Lectures

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 Department

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.

In & out-Patient Departments

A 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 needs of the patients.

Emergency Department

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.

Host Organization Details

Mampong Government Hospital

Mampong Government Hospital was established in the year 1973. The hospital serves people from Mampong, Pru, Atebubu, Nkoransa and Offinso Districts.

The hospital is located in the town of Mampong and it is the only hospital serving the entire Mampong municipality (population: 88,625). Mampong is a 60 to 90 minute drive from the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, one of two major tertiary referral centres in Ghana.

The hospital has 98 beds in the general wing and malaria is by far the highest cause of admission to the general wing, followed by anaemia, pneumonia, diarrhoea, typhoid, hypertension and diabetes. There are an additional 56 beds located one kilometre away in the maternity wing, however the maternity wing effectively functions as a separate hospital. The emergency ward has 14 beds and there is a modern laboratory and theatre, a physiotherapy department, a back-up generator and a water system.

The hospital has four Ghanaian doctors, two Cuban doctors, four anaesthetics and one medical assistant. The staff for the emergency ward consists of 1 medical assistant (PA), 3 nurses and 1 orderly/tech. The hospital is in need of more staff in all departments and the construction of more staff bungalows are needed which would enable more health workers to accept postings to this hospital.

“Poor infrastructure such as leaking roofs, inadequate beds and dilapidated physical structures have affected health care delivery in the hospital who's only source of revenue is internally generated through the national health insurance system. The Mampong Hospital has appealed to the government and other organizations and institutions to help the hospital with resources to enable it to provide quality health care to the communities.

When They Were Founded

The Mampong Government Hospital is located in the town of Mampong and was founded in the year 1973 by the Mampong Municipal Assembly to help provide health care for the people of Mampong. Through its expansion, the hospital today is the second largest in the Ashanti Region and provides health care to all the municipalities of Mampong.

How Are They Funded

Mampong Government Hospital receives its source of funding from the Ghanaian Government. The Cuban Government also supports the hospital by sending some doctors from Cuba to assist the Ghanaian doctors at the hospital.

Donation Requests

latex gloves, first aid kits, thermometers, blood pressure monitors, diabetic supplies, hospital beds, etc. All items required in the functioning of a hospital would be appreciated.

Placement Location Information

Mampong, Ghana

The town of Mampong is located in the Ashanti Region of Ghana and is considered the administrative capital of the Mampong Municipal District. This town is not as densely populated as other region in the area, with an approximate population of around 42,000 people. The town has all the essentials, including a Government Hospital, restaurants, food stands, churches, and schools.

Though the region of Mampong is blessed with many medical centres, clinics and training institutes including the Mampong Government Hospital, there is a severe problem with understaffing. This placement can always use volunteers, especially ones with a medical background or training.

Transfer From BaseCamp

Volunteers will travel from the BaseCamp Center (Pink Hostel) by taxi or tro tro (public transportation) to the VIP Bus Terminal, which depending on traffic will take between eight to ten minutes. From there volunteers will take a bus to the city of Kumasi, usually taking between four to five hours.

Once in Kumasi, volunteers will take a tro tro ride to Mampong, which usually take around one to two hours.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 304 Kilometers
Travel Time from BaseCamp: 6:30

Weather in the Area

The dry season in Ghana is from September through March and temperatures generally range from 30-40 degrees Celsius. The rainy season occurring April until August is a bit cooler at temperatures of 30-35 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.

Sunshine hours per day are calculated by using past forecast data. For August expect the sun to shine for an average of three hours per day. This represents the average number of hours in the daytime that the sun is visible and not obscured by cloud.

City/Village Description

Mampong is located in the Ashanti Region, near Kumasi. The people in this area are known for their arts, crafts and hospitality. The road sights on the way to Mampong are beautiful and you travel through the mountains on a well paved road (one of the best in Ghana). The town itself has a great vibe and there are lots of opportunities to hike in the surrounding mountains. There is a population of over 42,000 people in the town, which swells enormously on Wednesday, " Market Day". Mampong services hundreds of small villages located in the Ashanti Region and these people come to town every Wednesday to trade goods and purchase items to take back to their villages.

The town has all the essentials including: restaurants, food stands, churches, schools and a medical clinic. The people here are very friendly and welcome volunteers with open arms.

Nearest Medical Clinic

Mampong Government Hospital
Ejura -Kumasi Road
Mampong
TEL 1: 0208901384
TEL 2: 0242507293

Placement Address

Mampong Government Hospital
Ejura -Kumasi Road
Mampong
Ghana

Accommodation and Meals

All of our volunteers begin their stay in Ghana at our BaseCamp Center in Accra. Given that this placement is more than a 1 hour 15 minute commute from BaseCamp, volunteers here will be living with a host family after your orientation. Living with a host family is an awesome experience for a person looking to really experience Ghana and its culture.

The following information outlines a brief description of life at BaseCamp and also what someone can expect living with a host family in Ghana.

If you think that living with a host family is not for you, then this placement might not be the best fit with what you are looking for. You should try completing our application. It's totally free and will allow our team in Ghana to come up with a list of exactly which placements they would reccommend for you based on your personal preferences, background, skills and interests.

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.

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
Apr 02, 2021 May 07, 2021 Jun 04, 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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