Health Worker in Malawi
Malawi - “The Warm Heart of Africa” - is a beautiful country bordering Tanzania, Mozambique and Zambia. Mount Mulanje and Lake Malawi attract tourists, however, slow economic growth means that almost half the population live below the poverty line - so volunteers provide an invaluable service.
Based in a rural health centre, volunteers aid the ‘Health Officer’ who does almost everything medical-based for their community. The role is a fantastic opportunity for anyone interested in a medical-based career, although does not require any technical or medical experience (although if you do, that would certainly be welcomed).
Typical activities of a Volunteer Health Worker will include assisting with some of the running of a rural health centre, often looking after a basic pharmacy and providing general administration for patient care, helping to maintain patient records, assisting with activities with babies and under-fives and monthly baby monitoring (weighing) and feeding. You are also likely to have the chance to involve yourself in other community activities; this will often be encouraged and developing links with the community through your role as a Volunteer Health Worker will help you easily make links and friends and more easily begin to experience, explore and understand the culture of a rural area.
Accommodation and Food
Volunteers are allocated a house or nearby accommodation near their placement or they will live with a host family. Most accommodation is quite basic with some furniture and a small amount of cooking equipment. Not all accommodation will have electricity or running water, but it will be of the same standard as the houses lived in by the staff. Food is supplied but volunteers should bear in mind that they are living within poor communities and will probably need to supplement their diet with extra food which they can purchase and prepare themselves. This may work out at around an extra £0-£10 a week, depending on volunteer needs and the placement.
Minimum age: 18
Departs: Jan (6 months), Sep (4 or 10 months)
For applicants from the UK, we have a bursary schemes available for volunteers from a variety of backgrounds.
Interested in this; ready to enquire?
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