HIV, TB and nutritional health assistant caregiver

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Africa Children Education Fund
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Coordinator | Daisy
Coordinator | Daisy

High­lights

Interact with and give hope to HIV and TB patients and offer them guidance on the effective care to take
Get a chance to offer counselling to girls and women affected by cases such as rape and domestic violence
learn the various social, economic and cultural effects imposed on individuals, families and the society by the HIV/AIDs and TB in Kenyan societies
Experience the various factors contributing to malnutrition among the marginalised communities in Kenya
Visit the various sceneries in Kenya such as Mt. Kenya, Kenyan coast, Maasai Mara national reserve, Thompson falls among others during your free time
ACEF runs a Comprehensive Care Clinic (CCC) whose main goal is to take care patients affected by malnutrition or infected with HIV/AIDs and TB. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 20+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

The main goal of ACEF is to promote community development and one way of promoting development is through helping to improve community health because "health is wealth". One of the main ways of promoting physical and mental health was through the establishment of the comprehensive care clinic. The clinic is situated in Embu County next to ACEF-Ena health Center. Its main goal is to offer free ARVs and immunity boosters as well as voluntary counselling and testing (VCT) services to HIV/AIDs patients, offering counselling and giving treatment to TB patients and enlightening them on measures to prevent further infections to other members of the society, offering counselling to girls and women facing challenges such as rape and domestic violence, offering home visits to patients who are either bed-ridden, fail to go for medicine or check up on the agreed dates or the TB patients who are at the risk of causing further infections. The clinic also promotes immunity by donating nutritive foods to patients who suffer from malnutrition and guides on better and affordable feeding programs. The clinic staff also undertake follow-up in between clinic dates to check on how the patients are fairing and if they are adhering to the advice given. 

As a volunteer, one can participate in:

  • Attending to the patients at the clinic, offering them the medicine and/or the energy boosters and the nutritional supplements
  • Tracing back patients who no longer come for check-ups on the agreed periods, with guidance from the staff members
  • Paying home visits to patients to check if they are getting better and if they are adhering to the counselling
  • Give recommendations on further improvements on the services at the clinic

Typical day

Typically, the following is the basic program followed,

  • Monday- Planning for the week's activities, gathering the necessary materials, drugs, supplements, etc
  • Tuesday- Attending to TB patients who had booked for clinics as well as new patients. Mostly TB patients are supposed to come back every Tuesday
  • Wednesday- Attending to HIV/AIDs patients, giving them energy boosters, ARVs as well as counselling
  • Thursday- Attending to the remaining HIV/AIDs patients 
  • Friday- Attending expectant mothers and children under two years to give them nutritional counseling and to check up on them
  • Saturday and Sunday- Home visits to patients who either are unable to come to the clinic, have failed to come to the clinic, or those who have called on to the caregivers for emergency cases 
This activities however change depending on the situations of the patients. For example, the caregivers may be required to go for home visit on a weekday because maybe a client has called requesting for an emergency attention, a client has exhausted the medicine, a patient's status has become worse, among other reasons.
Volunteers may have their free time away from the clinical activities and tour different parts of the country and view various sites such as the Kentan Cost, Mount Kenya, various animal orphanages, homestays among other activities 

Free-time activities

During their free time, volunteer can go for optional activities within or outside the organization. some facilities available within the organization include sports, mainly soccer, basketball and baseball and swimming. Shopping is also possible either at the nearby shopping malls or at the larger shopping centres at the capital city, Nairobi.

Other leisure time activities include;
  •  Mount Kenya tour where volunteers enjoy Hiking, mountain climbing and sport fishing 
  • Maasai mara tour where they enjoy maasai tours and experience the life at Maasai village with very unique cultures
  • Trip at the Kenyan coast to enjoy the ocean view, deep sea diving, dolphin watching, mamba village and the swahili dishes
  • Naivasha tour to enjoy the walking island, hippopotamus orphanage and hells gate 
  • Nairobi tour including the carnivore restaurant, museum, elephant orphanage, giraffe orphanage, and the very large Kibera slum.
  • Nyahururu to view the thomson falls, hippopotamus and the elephants
Also, ACEF organizes homestays for volunteers whereby they get a chance to live with a Kenyan host family for a few days to learn their day to day activities and routine and compare the same with families in their own countries. They get a chance to enjoy kenyan meals, learn kenyan traditions and also the fireworks. 

Water Sports
Swimming
Concert/
Music
Sightseeing
Diving/
Snorkling
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Safari/
Zoo
Hiking
Museum/
Opera
Sports

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 20 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
Medicine/health and nutrition: one should at least have a medical course and/or a course in nutritional health or any other related course at university level level
Required Documents
Resume, Emergency contact, passport photo and practicing license/university certificate/university recommendation letter
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
university students, graduates and medical practitioners and those in the field of medicine, nutrition and counselling are eligible for this program.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 08:00 - 17:00

What's Included

Services by Africa Children Education Fund
The fee outlined caters for the following needs of the volunteers:
  • support to the NGO's activities
  • Transport from and to the airport
  • Quality accommodation
  • meals(breakfast, lunch and supper)incorporating Kenyan and Japanese meals
  • transport to and from the clinic and during home visits
  • program placement
  • Travels within the county
  • Internet
  • Program orientation
Individual volunteers will be required for other extra costs like tours, extra beverages and alcoholic drinks, Travels beyond the county souvenir charges among others as this is not included in the volunteer fees 

Airport Pickup at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
Our drivers are always available and always pick-up our volunteers at the airport. We only recommend the arrival time to be during the day to avoid inconveniences and extra hotel charges in Nairobi for our volunteers, given that we are located In Embu, between Meru and Nairobi, at about 70 kilometers from Nairobi.

Accommodation
Our accommodation entails special rooms for volunteers that have either one or two beds, bedding and a mosquito net, a hot shower, sink and a flash toilet. The volunteers' rooms are built within the organization's compound where high level of security is guaranteed.  In case of extra volunteers for the different programs, we have some of them booked in the nearby guest houses where they are dropped and picked up using the organization's vehicles. The cost of stay is still catered for from the fee.
Food & Beverages
Within our facility there is a well equipped kitchen and a dining place specifically for volunteers where they all converge for meals. Volunteers get a chance to enjoy Kenyan and Japanese delicacies, specially prepared in the kitchen. Three meals are offered, breakfast, lunch and supper and includes a well balanced diet and drinks. If in need of an extra meal like snacks and alcohol, one can always buy from the nearby shopping center.
Volunteers can also enjoy meals with students at the ACEF's elementary school as part of gaining experience on Kenyan meals.
Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) in Nairobi. We assist you to find cheap flights to Kenya.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Kenya provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Kenya you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Kenya.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

Our program runs throughout the year as the services are needed throughout. Recruitment of the volunteers for this program also takes place at any time of the year. 

In addition, there are no specific arrival days for volunteers as our drivers and some staff are always available for pick up. However, we highly recommend the arrival time to be during the day to avoid inconveniences at night because our institution is about 70 kilometers from the airport. 
 

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
2 - 40 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
$ 1,070
3 weeks
$ 1,455
4 weeks
$ 1,840
5 weeks
$ 2,225
9 weeks
$ 3,765
17 weeks
$ 6,845
40 weeks (max. stay)
$ 15,700
Average fees
$ 464 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Africa Children Education Fund will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Africa Children Education Fund during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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HIV, TB and nutritional health assistant caregiver

ACEF runs a Comprehensive Care Clinic (CCC) whose main goal is to take care patients affected by malnutrition or infected with HIV/AIDs and TB.

$464/week

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