Pharmacist Volunteer

Aniniwah Medical Centre(Emena Hospital) - Kumasi, Ghana
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-922 Location: Kumasi, Ghana Sector: Health Care Category: Medicine Min Duration: 3 weeks Lodging: Host Family / Lodge Language: Basic
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Volunteer Job Description

Aniniwah Medical Centre is a private hospital which has inadequate health personnel to run the organization. As a result, the medical doctor even performs some health care procedures and other related duties which may not be his/her normal responsibility. The hospital also does not have adequate healthcare supplies or all necessary equipment. But they do the best they can with what they have. This situation poses a lot of challenges; one is that personnel frequently work longer hours than is recommended.

The organization needs pharmacist volunteers to support the existing staff by supervising and providing the medications prescribed by the doctors for patients at the hospital. A pharmacist volunteer would also be expected to be available for drug consultations with doctors and/or nurses, as well as patient counselling regarding their medication regime. The volunteer may also be asked to support laboratory work; help with administrative duties or assist in disease control educational seminars etc.

A pharmacist volunteer, as well as students of pharmacology or bio-medical scientist are all needed at this placement. Their duties would depend on their qualifications and experience.

Volunteer Tasks Required

Dispensing of Drugs

A pharmacist volunteer would be expected to support staff pharmacist in dispensing of drugs to patients as prescribed by doctors. The degree of responsibility would depend on the qualifications and experience of the volunteer.

Patient Care

As a pharmacist volunteer, you would be needed to provide pharmacological information to health care professionals; counselling patients on drug therapies and medications. The medication information should include when and how to take drugs and possible side-effects.

Laboratory Work

A pharmacist volunteer may be asked to assist in the hospital's laboratory to test for malaria in the blood and/or other diseases that are prevalent in Ghana. They may also be asked to participate in group discussions regarding different forms of treatments or drug regimes.

Administration Duties

A pharmacist volunteer would comply with state and federal drug laws as regulated by the state board of pharmacy, the drug enforcement administration and the food and drug administration by monitoring nursing unit inspections; maintaining records for controlled substances; removing outdated and damaged drugs from the pharmacy inventory; supervising the work results of support personnel; maintaining current registration; advising management if or when actions needed to be taken etc.

Host Organization Details

Aniniwah Medical Centre(Emena Hospital)

Aniniwah Medical Center is a health facility which is located at Emena in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. The hospital provides 24-hour health delivery services covering two broad areas which are, general and specialized health care services.

The hospital is comprised of six departments: medical, nursing, auxiliary services, administration/ management, marketing/outreach and general services /maintenance. The organization provides facilities for general medicine and speciality services. There is an out-patient (OP) department with the capacity for 500 people, an in-patient facility comprising of 200 beds, a surgical and operating theatre, an intensive care unit, a fertility clinic, a nursing and incubator unit for premature infants, a pharmacy, laboratory and diagnostic lab, a physical therapy department, a maternity and child health unit, a training and outreach facility, an inhalation therapy facility, a catering facility and a morgue.

The organization has two main directors, a clinical director and an administrative director. Their sole responsibilities are for effective management of the hospital. Aniniwah Medical Center strives to give effective and efficient service.

The overall Objective of the Aniniwah Medical Center is to provide a congenial hospital environment with first class facilities for all, the most efficacious medical techniques and technologies, and to guarantee the most convenient, courteous and cost effective care for all Ghanaian's and other residents in Ghana.

The organization's Vision is to, "make quality healthcare and related services conveniently accessible to all".

The organization's Mission is to, " become the most advanced and efficient health service provider in West Africa".

When They Were Founded

Aniniwah Medical Center was established by Dr. Kofi Akohene Mensah who serves as the Chief Executive Officer.The founder named the organization after his late mother called "Aniniway". The hospital was incorporated as a limited liability company under the companies code 1963 (Act 179) on the 15th of December 2004. Aniniwah Medical Center was established in 1992 as Emena-Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. Aniniwah Medical Center has seasoned Board members who have the overall responsibility for the management of the hospital.

How Are They Funded

Aninwah Medical Center is completely funded by health care charges. The government is a source of funds through their National Health Insurance Scheme which is accepted at the hospital. They also rely on private donations since the hospital plays an important role in providing quality health care to many Ghanaian citizens who otherwise may go unattended.

Donation Requests

The hospital would appreciate donations such as band-aids, gloves, digital thermometers, lab masks, IV and infusion equipment, gauze, antiseptic soaps, hospital bed sheets, condoms to give out to patients for free, wheelchairs, crutches, cleansing wipes, adhesive bandages, tweezers, triangular bandages, tongue depressors, vitamins and antiseptic lotions.

Volunteers who have donations that they would like to give outside of this list should contact the Ghana Program Coordinator to confirm that the items are needed.

Placement Location Information

Kumasi, Ghana

Aniniwah Medical Center is located at Emena in the Kumasi-Ashanti Region. The hospital is located at a densely populated area and very accessible to restaurants, internet cafes, shops among others. The organization has very strong structures however they are short-staffed and do not have adequate healthcare facilities to run the organization. This has posed a lot of health challenges to the hospital hence health personnel often work for very long hours.

The hospital is comprised of six departments: medical, nursing, auxiliary services, administration/ management, marketing/outreach and general services /maintenance. The organization provides facilities for general medicine and speciality services. There is an out-patient (OP) department with the capacity for 500 people, an in-patient facility comprising of 200 beds, a surgical and operating theatre, an intensive care unit, a fertility clinic, a nursing and incubator unit for premature infants, a pharmacy, laboratory and diagnostic lab, a physical therapy department, a maternity and child health unit, a training and outreach facility, an inhalation therapy facility, a catering facility and a morgue.

The hospital therefore seeks human resource volunteers to assist in the healthcare delivery system.

Transfer From BaseCamp

Volunteers will travel from the BaseCamp Center 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 ride a bus to the city of Kumasi, usually taking between four to five hours. Volunteers will then alight at Tech Junction where the project coordinator will meet you and take you to your home stay.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 255 km
Travel Time from BaseCamp: 5:10

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

Aniniwah Medical Centre(Emena Hospital)
Emena Street
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.

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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