Medical Technician

Kumasi South District Hospital - Kumasi, Ghana
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-43 Location: Kumasi, Ghana Sector: Health Care Category: Medicine Min Duration: 4 weeks Lodging: Host Family / Lodge Language: Basic
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Volunteer Job Description

Kumasi South District Hospital has the second largest laboratory in the region and is at times used for teaching purposes. The administrators of the hospital acknowledge a lack of lab technicians and would appreciate volunteers as they have difficulty finding staff for these positions.

A volunteer lab tech is a person who performs the practical hands-on work in laboratories. Lab techs work in diverse settings which include health care, industry, research and educational institutions. Lab techs may work in a wide variety of fields such as medicine, biology, chemistry, electronics, geology and the environment.

At this placement a medical lab technician volunteer would be required to work in a traditional laboratory setting where he/she would receive, process and analyse samples. Depending on the work setting, the samples may consist of blood and/or tissue. However, at times the laboratory at the hospital may be asked to analyse samples of air, water and soil (environment and public health) or chemical products (chemical and pharmaceutical industry).

A medical lab technician volunteer or students of said field may apply for placement at this hospital, as help is greatly needed. However, their duties and responsibilities would naturally depend on their qualifications and experience.

Volunteer Tasks Required

Chemical Analysis

A medical lab technician volunteer would be expected to conduct chemical analysis of body fluid, including blood, urine and spinal fluid to determine presence of normal and abnormal components; this may also include the collection of the specimens as well.

Problem Solving & Critical Thinking

A medical lab technician volunteer would be expected to assume responsibilities of his/her profession. To perform required preventative maintenance procedures in laboratory instrumentation. Investigate and resolve technical problems and consult a supervisor when necessary or if resolutions involve policy or procedure modifications.

Supervisor Direction

A medical lab technician volunteer, depending on his/her educational qualifications, experience and comfort zone, may be asked to work independently on the supervisor’s direction and accept responsibilities following the policies and procedures of the hospital and the laboratory. Volunteers may also be asked to share call duty and work different shifts as required.

Communication

A medical lab technician volunteer would be expected to use clear and concise verbal and written communication with staff and the general public; maintain positive working relationships with the medical staff and other hospital personnel and use positive interpersonal skills to educate/support lab customers and promote successful team participation.

Host Organization Details

Kumasi South District Hospital

The Kumasi South District Hospital is a government supported hospital and the second largest in the region. It provides services to 56 communities in the Kumasi area which contains roughly a population of 400,000 people. The government and private medical schools at times used the hospital for research purposes.

The hospital provides 24/7 service and the staff work a three shift rotation. The current wards are: general medicine, (in which the highest patient admission is for malaria followed by anemia, pneumonia, diarrhea, typhoid, hypertension and diabetes), maternity with 15 beds, emergency with 14 beds and a surgical ward.

The hospital also has a pharmacy, dental and imaging department. The laboratory is the second largest in the region and is at times used for teaching purposes. Paramedic services have their central location here as well.

The hospital is in need of more staff in all departments. The construction of more staff bungalows are needed which would enable more health workers to accept postings to this hospital.

The Kumasi South District Hospital has a back up generator and a water system. However, 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.

When They Were Founded

The Kumasi South District Government Hospital is located in the town of Kumasi and was founded in the year 1926 by the Kumasi South Municipal Assembly to help provide health care for the people of Kumasi South and its surrounding communities. Through its expansion, the hospital today is the second largest in the Kumasi South District in the Ashanti Region and provides health care to all the municipalities of Kumasi .

Who They Work With

Surrounding 56 communities. 400,000 people.

How Are They Funded

Kumasi South District Hospital receives its funding from the Ghana Government. They as well obtain funds from the hospital fees that they charge patients. Donations and funds also come from Ghanaian organizations and individuals.

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

Kumasi, Ghana

The hospital is located in the suburb of Chirapatre on Lake Road, which is about a 20 minute taxi ride from the downtown core of Kumasi. The surrounding community is densely populated and has all the essentials, including a Government Hospital, restaurants, food stands, churches, and schools. The people here are very friendly and welcome volunteers with open arms.

Volunteers will have ample opportunity to practice their newly polished Twi speaking skills as they will be living in a home stay with a family who will guide them and teach them the culture and values of the Ghanaian culture. Volunteers will have the chance to experience a life different from the city life. At their home stay they will have their own single bed, will be using a bucket to fetch water and even use it for bathing. You will be have the opportunity to ask any questions and also have the chance to see some of the tourist attractions around Kumasi and the surrounding areas.

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.

Our regional coordinator will be there to meet you at the station. The coordinator will take you to your homestay which is about a 15min drive.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 257.5 kilometers
Travel Time from BaseCamp: 5:15

Weather in the Area

The dry season in Ghana is from September through March and temperatures generally range from 29-34 degrees Celsius. The rainy season occurs in April until August and is a bit cooler at temperatures of 19-20 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...

They calculate sunshine hours per day using their 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 clouds.

City/Village Description

Kumasi is the second largest city in Ghana and the capital of the Ashanti Region. The city is buzzing 24 hours a day, and is home to the large Kejetia Market. Traditional Ashanti pride is much more prominent in this area, and volunteers are likely to see more cultural dress and practices during their stay.

Kumasi is a hub for travellers planning on going in any direction in Ghana, and has good transportation (bus or tro tro) to all major cities. Drivers in the city are aggressive and down town traffic can often be a challenge.

However, all the suburbs around Kumasi are fairly close and walking, (if you're up for a bit of a hike), is never out of the question. The down town core has a few major tourist spots, (Vic Baboo's restaurant and Chopsticks), where you can always find good Western food.

Nearest Medical Clinic

Kumasi South District Hospital
Lake Road
Kumasi
TEL 1: 032 2029272
TEL 2: 032 2029273

Placement Address

Kumasi South District Hospital
Lake Road
Kumasi
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.

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 Jul 02, 2021 Aug 06, 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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