Nursing Volunteer

Philipa Maternity Clinic - Mampong, Ghana
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-770 Location: Mampong, Ghana Sector: Health Care Category: Nursing Min Duration: 4 weeks Lodging: Host Family / Lodge Language: Basic
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Volunteer Job Description

Philipa Maternity Clinic is a facility that devotes their medical attention solely to the maternity needs of women in the Mampong community and surrounding areas in Ghana.

Philipa Maternity Clinic needs nursing volunteers to help in various divisions of care at this very busy clinic. The nursing volunteers would help assist new parents with a smooth introduction to their new babies and parenting in general. They would explain the impact a new baby has on a family as a whole and especially to other siblings; making suggestions on how to deal with certain situations so that all members of the family feel included and valuable in this new environment.

The nursing volunteers would be involved in the teaching required for new mothers and their families to set up a schedule and care for their babies which would include feeding, bathing, social and sleep time.

New mothers would be given advice on their diets and the need to take time out when possible for their own rest and personal needs.

Volunteers are also required to attend to nursing duties on the different wards and in the labour and delivery rooms.

Nursing volunteers for this placement must be registered nurses and have specialized in the maternity division of nursing or have had practical experience working in maternity.

Volunteer Tasks Required

Assessments

A nursing volunteer may be asked to assist in initial newborn assessments and directions regarding the taking of vitamins for the new infants. At this time, volunteers may also be required to assist new mothers in the directions on breast feeding their new born babies.

Maternity Nursing Care

Nursing volunteers may be expected to provide maternity ward nursing care to pregnant women, as well as women in the labour or post labour division of this clinic.

Labour Phases

Nursing volunteers would be expected to assist women through the different phases of labour which would include the counting of contractions and the checking of cervix dilation.

Monitor Vital Signs

Nursing volunteers would be expected to monitor vital signs like blood pressure, pulse rate and temperature in pregnant women, as well as check the fetus condition while in labour using monitor or Doppler. Volunteers may also be asked to assist obstetricians in treating newborns, when necessary.

Host Organization Details

Philipa Maternity Clinic

Philipa Maternity Clinic seeks to improve the health status and the Labor (delivery) system of all maternity cases in Ghana. Thereby, contributing to the government's vision of transforming Ghana into a middle income country by 2017.

Madam Philipa Osei established this clinic in 1989 which addressed her concerns about the only available maternity facility within a one and a half hour driving radius was at the Mampong district hospital. While working at this hospital she observed stressful situations when the hospital patient capacity was overflowing and could not accept maternity cases.

The Philipa Maternity Clinic provides the women in the Mampong community and surrounding areas a care center that caters only to their needs. The clinic is also one of the pioneers in the concept of midwife's in Ghana.

The clinic's MISSION is to provide good quality patient care and the inspiration came from medical centers such as the now world famous Lahey and Mayo Clinics in the United States of America.

The clinic's VISION is to sustain a "Group Medical Practice" that promotes research and training in the medical field of maternity. To develop and establish itself as a highly qualified specialized clinic in Ghana that adheres to all the maternity needs of women.

When They Were Founded

The Philipa Maternity Clinic was founded by Madam Philipa Osei, in 1989. She committed herself to the mission of creating and sustaining a "Good Maternity Clinic " that promotes excellence service during the maternity period to Ghanaian women. The clinic also promotes research and training in the maternity field of medicine.

The clinic was named in her honor.

How Are They Funded

Philipa Maternity Clinic is completely funded by private donations. The reason that they rely on private donors is because the Ghanaian Government does not have enough money to support all medical facilities throughout Ghana. Philipa Maternity Clinic like other Medicare Centers, plays an important role in providing quality health care to many Ghanaian citizens who otherwise may go unattended.

Donation Requests

Any medical supplies and/or equipment related to maternity care would be appreciated.

Placement Location Information

Mampong, Ghana

The clinic has got a wall built around it with a big gate. Its got a large parking lot where patients and/or staff members can park their cars. It has a small reception area where patients sit to wait till its their turn to be attended to. There is also one ward for men and two for women where patients get admitted when their illness requires in-patient care and also after delivery or labour. There is also a dispensary, laboratory and an administrative office. It has one qualified nurse and one qualify midwife as well as two ward assistants. This clinic provides lots of help to the people of the community and beyond with 24 hour emergency support.

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, our regional coordinator will meet you to transfer you to the tro tro station. From there, you will take a 1 hour 30 minute tro tro ride to Mampong.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 314 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

Philipa Maternity Clinic
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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