Medical volunteers are the lifeblood of the N/a’an ku sê's Lifeline Clinic in Namibia. You will be fully immersed in the culture of Epukiro, home to the San Bushmen. You will experience day-to-day life and the common struggles faced by the community.
Activities include helping within the clinic to treat endemic issues like TB, providing food and care to the community and going on outreach to bring high quality healthcare to those who need it most.
You do not necessarily need medical skills, other skillsets such as administrative, IT or DIY knowledge will come in very useful and are highly valued.
You will work alongside the clinic’s doctors and nurses to learn about the common diseases affecting the local population and how to treat them. You will deal closely with patients from the local San community, learn more about their way of life and give care to patients living in extreme poverty at the clinic’s remote location. The teaching will be tailored to your skill level, background and knowledge.
Prospective medical students can expect teaching on basic clinical skills, history taking and examinations of patients. Trained professionals will be asked to run consultations with patients and assist during the outreach work. This will provide a great opportunity for trained professionals to have a greater impact on the people who are most in need of help.
Depending on the length of your stay and medical knowledge, you may be asked to undertake a research project/assignment. This should be something that you are interested in, as well as be something that is useful to the clinic and of benefit to our patients. Examples of projects include mapping distances patients travel to the clinic and local patterns of disease, rates of TB amongst our patients and compliance with medication, or our patients’ knowledge of HIV transmission and disease.
N/a’an ku sê Wildlife Sanctuary is located just 45km from Windhoek (Namibia’s capital) and 35km from Windhoeks International Airport, in the Khomas region of Namibia. You will need to be at the Windhoek International Airport (which is also known as Hosea Kutako International Airport) on your project start day before 5pm. You will be met here by one of the project staff and transferred to the sanctuary 45min away.
There are daily flights from Cape Town and Johannesburg International Airports into and out of Namibia.
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