medical volunteer project

Medical/Healthcare project

Nepal has seen drastic improvements in healthcare. People are now living longer and healthier and there are many hospitals and clinics across the country. Still, the country’s health system is still far below the international standard. In this setting, volunteers opting for this project will learn a lot about the healthcare practices in a developing country. You will work in a community hospital or health post, and help doctors, nurses, and other medical staff during treatment of patients with minor injuries. Volunteers can also work in record keeping, help in sanitation project and participate in other on-going health programs.

So, join this impactful as well as rewarding program to help increase ordinary people’s access to proper medical services in Nepal.

Note: This project is mainly for medical students, professionals or someone who has some level of healthcare experience. You must provide proof of this.

Volunteers will be required to pay a minimum donation of $75 every two weeks while participating in this project. This donation amount will go straight to the hospital/health organization.

THEME/TYPE OF PROJECT

To contribute to the development of the society by improving the health care services provided by Martyrs Memorial Public Health Co-operative Society Limited .

AIMS OF THE PROJECT

The aim of the program is to provide quality health care services at affordable costs for the local people.

PROJECT’S ACTIVITIES

It is community based hospital which provides wide range of health care services, including allopathic treatment.

  • It has 24 hour Emergency services
  • It has ICU services for critical patients
  • It has OPD services where general health checkups are performed 
  • It has 24 hour laboratory service to diagnose the disease and disorder
  • All type of surgeries for orthopedic cases are performed here
  • The hospital occasionally organizes free health camps on the hospital premises or outside the district in order to help improve the quality of life of people across the country

COMMUNITY CONTEXT

SHAHID MEMORIAL HOSPITAL is located in Kalanki, which is the main exit and entry point to Kathmandu.

REQUIREMENTS TO BE MET BY VOLUNTEERS

Volunteers must be of minimum  20 years old and they should have medical background (doctor, nurses, physiotherapist) or currently graduates from the medical related courses.

TASKS OF VOLUNTEERS

The tasks assigned to volunteers depend on their qualification and education background.

For the doctors, The management team of Shahid Memorial will provide them opportunity to work under the supervision of doctors and other health staff. So, they can shadow the doctors during their rounds to observe the treatment procedure.

For the Nurses, the chief nurse is responsible to assign them tasks, which would mainly focus on patient care, taking vitals of patients, giving medication , providing health care counseling , including taking care of the patient in the ER, ICU and operation ward .

For the physiotherapist, The physiotherapy department is responsible to provide them various tasks related to physiotherapy.

So, the hospital management closely monitors and guides volunteers during their assignment to avoid any confusion in their work. This is because the healthcare system and treatment procedure is very different in Nepal compared to other countries.

NUMBER OF VOLUNTEERS IN PROJECT

Maximum two volunteers can work in this project. Volunteers need to check with the hosting organization in advance to see if the project is still available.

HOST SITUATION

Volunteers will stay in a hostel located nearby the hospital. It just takes 5 minutes for you to reach the hospital so there is no need to take any kind of transportation from the place where you will be living. You will be sharing rooms with volunteers of other nationalities participating in the same program.

Lunch & dinner is provided by the hostel. Food is prepared in local style. The main types of food will be rice, lentil soup and vegetables, but once a week the hostel will provide you meat in your lunch or dinner. For vegetarians the choice is usually limited to rice, vegetables, lentil soup and pickle.