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Volunteer Medicine in Mongolia

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Volunteering on a Medicine project in Mongolia can be an eye-opening experience. As a volunteer you will gain a great deal of valuable work experience alongside skilled medical professionals in local hospitals and clinics. The facilities are generally of a basic standard and patients will often have travelled vast distances to attend appointments. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old to join this project.

Medicine projects in Mongolia are based in the capital, Ulaanbaatar, where you will be working in a range of different medical facilities. The doctors are keen for you to achieve as much as possible during your placement, by working in a number of different departments. Medicine and healthcare practice in Mongolia is typically 'Western', but there are also a number of private complementary medical clinics where you can also spend some time, to help broaden your medicine and healthcare experience.

Your Role as a Volunteer in Mongolia

Our placements include family clinics, smaller general hospitals providing mid-level care and large specialised hospitals which provide a high level of care including surgery. As a medicine volunteer you will have a mainly observational role. In accordance with Mongolian law you will not be able to treat patients directly, but you can help take basic observations.

Other tasks might include helping to prepare equipment for surgery, transferring patients to surgery, observing surgery, and checking patients post-surgery. By showing enthusiasm and gaining the confidence of the doctors and nurses by proving your ability, you may well earn yourself a more hands-on role. The supervisors on our Medicine placements in Mongolia have a lot of time for dedicated volunteers.

Projects Abroad organises regular medical outreaches for volunteers in order for you to gain a greater understanding of the Mongolian healthcare system. You may be involved in assisting with basic medical check-ups at a community centre for homeless people, or helping with a hand hygiene campaign at one of the local hospitals. As part of your outreach work, you will also take food to local families and blankets to care centres, as well as helping to run a soup kitchen.

We also offer monthly workshops providing volunteers with lessons about traditional treatments, the history of the Mongolian healthcare system and practical lessons on basic medical procedures - such as how to check blood pressure.

Professional medical volunteers are welcome on this project. You would have to register for a license and you would have a teaching role. Please get in touch if this is something you’d be interested in.

You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our Mongolia Medicine & Healthcare Management Plan.

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