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Healthcare Ghana

STAESA health program connects both long and short term motivated healthcare volunteers with government hospitals, mission hospitals, and private hospitals, clinics and HIV/AIDS homes to bring health care to the door steps of the communities.

 

STAESA  has an Amazing healthcare and medical programs that offer great opportunity for anyone who is a healthcare professional, or who wishes to gain experience within the medical field or just want to do any task given to him or her in the hospital hence no experience needed to volunteers in our health program. There is something for everyone to do. Aside our healthcare services, we also have administration work, renovation work and other services in the hospital. The work and support of our volunteers has been truly inspiring. This generosity has enabled us to respond not only to immediate needs of the hospitals and health centres, but change people’s lives for  long-term with healthcare and life saving vaccinations.

 

Our volunteer team comprises of non-medical volunteers, nurses, doctors and other health care providers who work side by side with local medical professionals. Without any controversy, our health care program could not have gained this remarkable feat without the tremendous services our volunteers rendered at the health centres.

 

Apart from helping in the hospitals, volunteers are also involved in outreach programs which is one of the pillars of all the hospitals and clinics  - the Preventive Health Care Department (PHC). Here the volunteers work with the nurses to engage in maternal and child health education and other reproductive child health related activities and programs. Child Welfare Clinics and immunization campaigns as well as training programs on healthy diet and hygienic practices are routinely conducted.

 

The outreach program is designed to ensure regular visits to neighboring villages to provide basic healthcare services to mothers and sick people who find it difficult to come to the hospital and the distribution of mosquitos’ nets.

Though Mawutor Adjoa gave birth at home she is one of the numerous beneficiaries of the PHC and now knows how to keep her child healthy.

If you are a medical student(s) or graduate(s) from medical school who have little knowledge on health activities and needed this program for academic work or for job promotion, we will advise you to apply for our internship program. There you will be thought and also have hands-on-experience. Our healthcare internship program is second to none. Come and experience it yourself. 

 

Project location very safe, Communities very welcoming and the people are very lovely to work with. STAESA’s health program is run in both rural and urban areas in Ghana.  Weekends are always free for the volunteers to travel for sightseeing.  There are lot of benefits awaits you for joining us.  Contact us for these benefits.

All our programs in Ghana include free weekend sightseeing. You can also join us in the other subsequent four to five (4-5) days sight seeing which include the safari and the estuaries. The magical meeting of the river and the ocean.  

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Our next village for the healthcare outreach program. Dont miss this! Classroom block is needed. Lets do it again! 
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Other Information and locations!

As a healthcare volunteer, get ready to give back to the communities and gain more experience while immersing yourself in the unique culture of the people of Ghana. This is an amazing busy program where you will really feel useful.  You will be working full time alongside well experienced healthcare workers in the hospital. The hospitals are poor in terms of equipment. There is a great need in the hospitals.

The location of our programs are well picked where you will be placed and work directly with patients under the supervision of the medical officer in charge.  

You can also choose any of these programs to work with during your free days or hours. Helping in the orphanage, Helping on the farm, Helping on the construction project, Helping in painting work in the hospital,  Helping in the schools, Helping at the pre-schools, Helping in coaching football, basketball, volley ball or long tennis. This is really a life changing experience. Speak to us. We are ready to help you and to make it happen. This is the program you can really give back to the community.

The program provides an opportunity for you to immerse yourself into the very unique culture of Ghana 

LOCATIONS:

Aflao -  Near Togo ( The French speaking country) and the ocean

Hohoe - Near the tallest amazing waterfalls and tallest mountain

Kpando - Near the Monkeys Sanctuary, The Volta lake and the famous Island. The past volunteers cant stop talking about the Island.

Working hours and reponsibilities!

Generally volunteers work from 08:00.-12:00 a.m. and 13:00-16:00 p.m.  However, your exact working hours are adjusted according to the activities at your work place. You´re permitted to take a day off once in a while. Week-ends are completely free time for all our volunteers to travel round the country. 

Responsibilities:

Your schedules in the hospital include the following below and many more that will be discussed with you upon arrival.

(1)Working alongside medical professionals in charge of the hospital

(2)Working in a wide scope of settings and duties ranging from taking vitals - temperature, BP, HR, Sp02, labelling and packaging out-house lab samples for analysis)

(3)Helping in other general work in the Laboratory and pharmacy

(4)Observing and helping in the maternity ward

(5) Rotating between wards( Female ward, Male ward, Surgical ward and children ward.

(5) HIV/AIDS public education program and HIV/AIDS program in the hospital – counselling and testing

(6) Working as part of a holistic team to prevent rehospitalization in chronically non-compliantmentally ill clients who have history of multiple hospitalizations

(7) Patient care (basic and therapeutic care), psychosocial care

(8)Comprehensive Psychosocial Assessments, treatment plans and individual therapy

Other Information and locations!

PROJECT

When does the project run?       All year round

How long are the placements?   2wks min-1y max

requirements?                            Not needed

Working hours?                          Mon-Fri 8am-4pm

AIRPORT

Name of the airport?                   Kotoka International Airport

ACCOMMODATION

Types of accommodations?        Host family, Independent, on site

Accommodation Location?         Very close to the projects

Accommodation facilities?          water/light/bed/toilet/bathroom, kitchen,  

How to get to Work                      By public transport

Cost of transportation(return)      Less than one dollar

Laundry?                                     Self laundry by hands

FOOD

Is Food provided?                       Yes! food is provided

How many meals per day?         Three meals (Lunch mostly at work)

VISA

Visa required?                             Yes! Visa is required

Cost of visa?                                Volunteers can call the embassy

Types of visa?                              Tourist visa (Multiple visa)

COMMUNICATION

Local sim card?                           Local sim card is provided

Internet:                                       Internet modem provided and return after the program. 

VACCINATIONS

Vaccinations or medications?     Yellow Fever (Compulsory) Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Diphtheria are not necessary though. We recommend that you contact a travel clinic near you at least 3 months before you plan to travel.

Safety in Ghana

No worries!! Ghana is the most safest and peaceful country in Africa! You are perfectly safe in Ghana traveling alone or in a group. As in anyplace, petty crime such as pick pockets could be a problem for you if you do not remain aware of your surroundings.

But to be honest, the most annoying issue will be all the unwanted attention that you will receive as a single young, white female or male traveler. A lot of this attention will be preferential, with people being extra kind or extra helpful. But you will also receive countless marriage proposals daily. Never be rude and just accept it as the playful offer that it is intended to be. If you are not married, you can avoid a lot of this by telling unwanted suitors about your " husband" and the "three children" you have with him.

Working hours and reponsibilities!

PLEASE NOTE

In general people are extremely friendly in Ghana and you will be humbled by their hospitality. But, there is real poverty in Ghana and you will soon realize that you are far richer and more fortunate than most local people you meet. You will probably attract your fair share of souvenir hawkers and beggars, but try and take the time to meet ordinary people going about their day to day business too. The experience will be worth it. Don't be afraid to step out of your house, just take some precautions.

Weather in Ghana

The climate of Ghana is tropical  and there are two main seasons: the wet and the dry seasons.  North of Ghana experiences its rainy season from March to November while South Ghana experiences its rainy season from April to mid-November.  The tropical climate of Ghana is relatively mild for its latitude.  The harmattan, a dry desert wind, blows in north-east Ghana from December to March, lowering the humidity and causing hot days and cool nights in northern part of Ghana

When to go to onto the program

You can join us anytime in the year! Anytime in the month! Anytime in the week

Kind of clothes you should  pack for your trip to Ghana

Jeans and Trousers:  blue jeans, cotton trousers, khaki trousers, Light Shirts and Blouses:  T-Shirts, short sleeve shirts and  long sleeved shirts  to protect you from insects and even sunburn. Shorts also for your free days.  Socks and underwear:  Once again it is best that they are made from natural fabrics since again it is the heat and this way you have less of a chance for heat rash. Shoes:  Good leather shoes, sandals, and a lightweight pair of Hiking boots if you will doing some hiking.

Kind of luggage you should take

It all begins with the right suitcases or suitcase.  It also depends where you coming from.  If you are coming from North America you get to bring 2 suitcases and 50 pounds each, from Europe it is almost half that.  It means one has to be practical and take in mind what your plans are once you arrive in Africa, where you will be going and what you will be doing while here.

Keep all essentials like the pill, malaria pills, essential medicine, debit and credit cards, camera and your toothbrush in your hand luggage.  Also put one set of clothing if the unthinkable happens that your luggage is temporarily lost.   Money Belt: One that will allow you to carry your passport also. Do not wear your money on the outside of your clothing.

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