The Kenya medical program is designed for those who already have a medical background, and want to get involved by helping out in a hospital in rural Kenya. This program is particularly rewarding as you will be helping local villagers get access to good healthcare, these people have not previously had easy access to much healthcare or medical assistance.
The health sector in Kenya is a big concern, as Kenya is a developing country where members of the communities, especially in rural and less developed areas, still lack access to good quality and affordable medical treatment. Even in some small communities, where government-owned hospitals exist, they are still often heavily understaffed and operating with limited equipment and often poor or lacking facilities. As a medical professional, this program will provide you with valuable work experience in a developing area while you assist in the local hospital.
The specific tasks and placements you will undertake depend on your level of experience, however, you will always be working alongside local doctors, nurses, and staff in either one of the district hospitals, or a smaller healthcare center. Your assigned tasks during this program will depend both on your specialization and experience, as well as the local needs at the time.
Please keep in mind that in order to take part in this program, you are required to have a medical background.
During this program, you will work from Monday to Friday, with weekends as free time for you to relax or explore Kenya. During the week you will spend five hours per day at the hospital, with a lunch break in between. The particular work you are doing will depend entirely on your own experience and expertise.
A typical day could on the program could look like:
It is a requirement that you have a medical background to participate. This can be having working experience as a doctor, nurse, etc. Nursing and medical students are also welcome to join.