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Volunteer Medicine & Healthcare Projects in Nepal

Medicine & Healthcare in Nepal - Physiotherapy Volunteer

Volunteering on a Medicine & Healthcare project in Nepal is a unique experience. As a Medicine & Healthcare volunteer you will gain a great deal of valuable work-experience alongside some of the most skilled practitioners in the country. The facilities are generally quite basic when compared to facilities in the west.

Volunteer Medicine & Healthcare placements in Nepal are based in and around Kathmandu. You will be working on social and health development projects focussing on providing medical and healthcare for the underprivileged. This is a particularly important service in a country such as Nepal where the National Health System provides for only 15% of the population.

Work at the Hospital and Rehabilitation Centre for Disabled Children (HRDC), at Banepa in the Kathmandu Valley involves a unique combination of working with doctors and being involved with care activities, and is particularly relevant for those who wish to specialise in paediatrics. The Centre is a leading referral centre for the functional mobility of physically disabled children. Most of the cases are neglected orthopaedic conditions: TB, polio, post-burn contractures and cerebral palsy.

"We spent the majority of our time at HRDC with the children, playing and talking. Many of the children having orthopaedic surgery had to stay in the hospital anything from a few weeks to two years and were often very bored. I hope that in some way we relieved their boredom and gave them the affection and attention they deserved."
Katie Fuller, Medicine & Healthcare Volunteer in Nepal

Nepal Orthopaedic Hospital is Nepal's only charitable orthopaedic treatment centre. It is dedicated to providing the best available medical and healthcare in the field of trauma, orthopaedics and rehabilitation to Nepalese people who cannot wait for, or afford, treatment elsewhere. Under supervision, previous volunteers have been allowed to do clean and dress wounds as well as assisting with setting up traction, as well as with plaster and stitch removal.

Medicine & Healthcare in Nepal - Surgery

At the Chatrapati Free Clinic you will come into contact with many diseases in acute stages of development, which you are extremely unlikely to have seen in the west. Many of these conditions, with symptoms such as diarrhoea and with their origins in malnutrition, are easily preventable and you can be involved in the Centre's campaigns to increase public awareness around health issues and to help to improve the quality of life by educating people about health and sanitation. You can also work in departments such as general health services, orthopaedics, ophthalmology, dental services, ENT, orthopaedics, x-ray and ultrasound, and assist with basic surgical and dressing services.

There are many opportunities. If you wish to let us know your particular interests or expertise we will try to arrange for you to work in that specific area.

Volunteer Physiotherapy in Nepal

Medicine & Healthcare in Nepal - Physiotherapy

There is a real shortage of physiotherapy skills in Nepal. So we provide volunteers of all abilities to help local doctors and physiotherapists. Initially you'll shadow local staff, but as you become more confident and comfortable in the role you will take more of a hands-on role. You will find that the experience you can gain will really help you to get an idea of how a busy physiotherapy department works. If you are a trained physiotherapist, you will find yourself busy and in demand from your first day.

You might work in the Hospital and Rehabilitation Centre for Disabled Children - the HRDC - which is based on a hilltop beside a quaint village on the outskirts of Kathmandu. The only hospital of its kind in Nepal, HRDC takes in children from all over the country. Many have been born with polio or had accidents that haven't been treated correctly. All have physical disabilities.

You'll come across neglected orthopaedic conditions such as TB, polio, post-burn contractures and cerebral palsy. Volunteers work with inpatients and with outpatients who attend a couple of times in the week, sometimes travelling many hours for a visit to this important centre.

We also work with the Royal Nepal Orthopaedic Hospital. This was set up to provide medical care - in the fields of trauma, orthopaedics and rehabilitation - to Nepalese people who cannot receive these services through the standard government-run hospitals, due to overcrowding.

This programme is one where you can really improve your CV - gaining experience impossible to get in the west - and help out these short-staffed institutions.

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

Medical Elective Placements in Nepal

Medicine & Healthcare in Nepal - Physiotherapy Kid Volunteer

You can do a Medical Elective in Nepal in Medicine or Physiotherapy.

If you wish to do your elective in Nepal, you will be working in and around Kathmandu. You will shadow one of our supervisors who are very experienced at working with western medical and physiotherapy students. They will be keen to test out your knowledge, as well as giving you the benefit of their training and experience.

Outside of the hospital you will live with a local host family, who will provide you with all your meals outside of your normal working hours. When you aren't at work there is plenty to keep you occupied in Kathmandu & nearby Patan: art, temples, architecture, bars and cinemas. The surrounding area is fantastic for hiking or cycling, and you can take part in a number of adventure sports. Projects Abroad staff and volunteers are always around too, in case you require some company that reminds you of home!

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