The Clinic set up: There is the first section medical mission team in charge of writing down the name, age and complaints on the patient card, the second section medical mission team checks and records vitals including height, weight, pressure, pulse and temperature. The third section medical mission team decides if the patient should go and see one of our team doctors/practitioners positioned in the fourth section or just go for an over the counter medication from the pharmacy/medication team which is the fifth section. The doctors or Nurse Practitioners within our medical mission volunteers provide diagnosis and sign for treatment medication or determines if they should be sponsored to go to the nearest hospital for further examination. The sixth section medical mission volunteers provide cash or free insurance registration for someone who needs to go for further examination or continuous care in a hospital. The seventh section medical mission volunteers do the wounds dressing, mainly concentrating school children.
All information are captured on records. If we have a dentist or dental assistant, optometrist or breast examination nurse, separate sections are created for them to attend to respective needy patients. Our medical mission volunteer work educate those gathered in queue waiting for their turn on dental care, wound care, water care and nutrition. Those without medical skills are paired with those with medical skills to review our modules for the education aspect and make their own presentation out of it. This prepares those without medical training to be able to give these presentations while those with medical training are providing care. If you do not have any medical experience, you also help at the first section and trained to help at the second and seventh sections. This medical mission volunteer work is a great hands on experience and learning opportunity for anyone interested in pursuing medicine or health related programs. One of the doctors or nurse practitioners are reserved to care for new mothers and their babies so we can always take care of all the children brought to our clinic. Local nurses work with our medical mission team of volunteers.
An opportunity for our local nurses to improve their healthcare knowledge and skills as they learn from our foreign volunteers with advanced medical training/experience and to also help in translations where required. We hope those on our medical mission volunteer work also learn a thing or two from our local nurses, like when to tell a patient to shut up. lol Our medical volunteer placements are opportunities for doctors, nurses, medical students, student nurses, pre-med, other students to volunteer in clinics in Africa. The Villages and Patients we see: For people in deprived and isolated communities in Africa, going to the hospital is the last resort, and mostly it means it is too late or much more expensive to save the person. This is the reason why we organize Medical mission volunteer work to serve these poor places without taking away the local doctors from the already crowded facilities.
We screen for early detection and treatment where possible. We are the hope of several new-born babies, born at home, never been seen by a doctor to be seen and checked if they are ok or need an attention before it is too late. Help us save the lives of children. People who do not know they are living with diabetics, hypertension, etc. are diagnosed, educated, advised and supported to go to the nearest local hospital for continuing care so they can live longer than they would if they do not know their condition. On our Medical mission volunteer work, most common diseases we encounter are malaria, diarrhea, pneumonia, anemia, malnutrition, infected wounds, dental problems, sight problems and body pains. Some of the medication given are pain killers, vitamins, worms medication, antibiotics, allergy drugs, oral re-hydration, electrolyte, high protein bars, etc. The Adventure for our volunteers: Options for a two weeks or ten days trip.
Arrival over the weekend, Work starts on Monday, first weekend and the last two days to departure are for trip to places of interest, cultural events, safari, shopping for souvenirs, day and night at a beach resort and a durbar of chiefs and people to say thank you. So it is not only work but fun and adventure included. Help us keep poor families strong so they can work their way out of poverty and give their children a better life.