Pharmacist Volunteer

Kwame Nkrumah University Hospital - Kumasi, Ghana
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-761 Location: Kumasi, Ghana Sector: Health Care Category: Medicine Min Duration: 2 weeks Lodging: Host Family / Lodge Language: Basic
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Volunteer Job Description

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) Hospital promotes and preserves the health status and well being of the university community and the 30 surrounding communities, through efficient and compassionate delivery of quality health care.

The hospital is in need of pharmaceutical volunteers to help them as they are short staffed. As a result, many pharmacists work very long hours and are hard pressed to accomplish all their pharmacy orders in any given day.

A pharmacist volunteer may be asked to work in various branches of pharmacy be it: in the laboratory, medication drug dispensing, drug inspections, consultations with doctors and/or nurses, disease control education, enforcement of state and federal drug laws, patient counselling, administration 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

Drug Dispensing

A pharmacist volunteer would assist the staff pharmacist in the filling of medication orders from staff doctors for patients in the hospital. This would also include any consultations regarding drugs that doctors and/or nurses may request.

Patient Medication Information

A pharmacist volunteer may be requested by staff to provide to hospital patients, at the time of discharge, written directions regarding their drug therapy, which would include when and how to take any and all medications, as well as the possible side-effects.

Laboratory Assistance

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.

Drug Enforcement Laws

A pharmacist volunteer may be asked to assist the department in ensuring that the hospital staff 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 and removing outdated and/or damaged drugs from the pharmacy.

Host Organization Details

Kwame Nkrumah University Hospital

The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology ( KNUST) Hospital was primarily set up to cater to the health needs of staff, their dependents and students in the university.

It has now extended its services to the general public and provides health services to the surrounding 30 communities that have a rapidly increasing population. Thus, the hospital plays the role of a District Hospital. The hospital currently caters to a population of over 200,000 people comprising of: students – 21,000, staff and dependents – 30,000 and about 150,000 people from the 30 surrounding communities.

The University Health Services offers services in general medical care, as well as specialized departments such as: Out-patient/In-patient ,Radiology, Laboratory, Surgery, Obstetrics, Gynecology, Public/Occupational Health , Dental Clinic, Pharmacy, Student Clinic and the National Insurance System, (NHIS).

The Student Clinic commenced on the 2nd April, 2007 to enhance the health care delivery for student at the university. The Clinic is located in the heart of the university. The facilities at the clinic comprise of: a Medical Records Department, a Dispensary and a Mini-Laboratory. It has a stand –by ambulance and its own power plant to provide emergency services for the clinic when necessary. The clinic was founded to ease congestion at the university hospital.

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology has a strategic plan to become a leading university health service with a wide scope of general and specialized services making it a center of excellence for quality health care, teaching and research.

Their mission is: to promote and preserve the health status and well being of the university community and the 30 surrounding communities, through efficient and compassionate delivery of quality health care, to provide education and training for physicians and other health care professionals and to ensure the future availability of comprehensive health services for the university community and surrounding areas.

When They Were Founded

The University Health Services started as a dressing station in 1952 and quickly grew into a full-fledged 100-bed hospital. This was at a period of time when the entire university population was barely 1000 people with low hospital requirements.

It is the medical arm of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and was founded by the government. It is located in Kumasi, Ashanti Region in the northwest part of the Kumasi – Accra Express Way.

In 1972, the female, male and children wards were constructed. In 1973 the out-patient department opened followed by the maternity ward and on April 2nd, 2007 a student clinic was founded.

How Are They Funded

The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KUNST) Hospital receives its funds from the Government and also from fees for services that they provide to the university community and the 30 surrounding communities.

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 town of Kumasi 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 Ghana. They will have the chance to experience a life different from the city life. In the home stay volunteers will be have their own single bed, will be using bucket to fetch water and even use it for bathing. They will have the chance to ask any questions they may have as well as the chance to see some of the many tourist attractions around Kumasi and its surrounding areas.

Transfer From BaseCamp

Volunteers will travel from the BaseCamp Center (Pink Hostel) in a taxi to the VIP station (one of our local transports in Ghana). From there, volunteers will take the bus to Kumasi which is about a five hour drive. Once in Kumasi, volunteers will be met by our regional coordinator who will transfer them to the tro tro station or taxi. From there, it is a 15 to 20min tro-tro drive to the KUNST hospital.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 250 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

Komfo A. Teaching Hospital (KATH)
Komfo Anokye Road
Kumasi
TEL 1: 03220 22301
TEL 2: 03220 22301-3

Placement Address

Kwame Nkrumah University Hospital
Old Laundry 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.

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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