For many underdeveloped countries, access to medical facilities in rural areas is limited, which means that entire communities are not able to adequately seek medical advice. For those who are able to access medical facilities, often the standard of care is poor and the clinics are overcrowded and underfunded, which means that many patients are not properly treated.
The aim of our medical projects are to address these issues, so volunteers on our medical programs get involved in a variety of different ways, from assisting local nurses in rural clinics, home-based care visits to physiotherapy and nutrition workshops. Volunteers also play a key role in facilitating education and awareness sessions with community members that focus on relevant topics, such as the HIV/AIDs epidemic in South Africa.
By promoting healthy living, assisting patients and facilitating discussions with community members, volunteers gain a unique insight into healthcare systems in under developed countries while at the same making a positive difference in the lives of others.