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Public Health Volunteer Projects in Ghana

Interns who wish to specialize in the community outreach aspect of our Medicine & Healthcare programs in Ghana can join a fulltime Public Health project. Whether you are a student looking to gain experience in public health or already work in the field, you can contribute by helping local children and adults who would struggle to access healthcare or afford treatment without our outreach programs.

The Public Health project is based on the outskirts of Accra, Ghana’s capital city, in a town called Dodowa. Interns live with a local Ghanaian host family, who will welcome you into their home and introduce you to Ghanaian culture.

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

Voluntary Public Health Placements in Ghana

Public health interns participate in community outreach activities every day. Interns work alongside a local healthcare professional who will train you wherever possible in the various screening and testing procedures.

Interns are involved in the following types of work:

  • General health testing (e.g. blood sugar levels, body mass index, blood pressure)
  • Eye screening
  • Screening for worms
  • Minor wound and skin treatments
  • Malaria testing and treatment
  • Educational talks on general health issues (e.g. hygiene and first aid)

Public Health in Ghana

The public health outreach programs take place in nearby villages, in childcare centers, schools, churches, villages, and community centers. Interns usually work from Monday to Friday and have the weekends free to experience living in Ghana.

You can join the Public Health project in Ghana for two or three weeks if you don't have time to join us for four weeks or more. This project has been selected by our local colleagues as being suitable for short term volunteering for both the host communities and the volunteer. Although you will gain a valuable cultural insight and work intensely within the local community please be aware that you may not be able to make the same impact as someone volunteering for a longer period.

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