Projects Abroad offers volunteer opportunities for nurses

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New training regulations for nurses in some countries will mean that those wishing to pursue a career in nursing will have to work for a year as a healthcare assistant first to gain valuable experience of patient care. Experience is always a bonus for those wanting to work in the medical profession, and volunteering with Projects Abroad can mean nurses develop valuable skill sets.

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Medical volunteers, including nursing and midwifery volunteers, can make a massive difference to helping African doctors battle such conditions as TB, malaria and Aids

Projects Abroad offers volunteer opportunities in a range of developing countries, including Ghana. A recent report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Global Fund to Fight Aids, TB and Malaria revealed some worrying news: strains of tuberculosis that are resistant to drug treatment are on the increase and could spread widely in Ghana and other African countries.

“We are treading water at a time when we desperately need to scale up our response to MDR-TB,” said Dr Chan. “We have gained a lot of ground in TB control through international collaboration, but it can easily be lost if we do not act now.”

Medical volunteers, including nursing and midwifery volunteers, can make a massive difference to helping African doctors battle such conditions as TB, malaria and Aids. For those wanting to experience voluntary midwifery or nursing abroad, Projects Abroad can offer a range of placements in countries including Togo and Tanzania.

These projects give volunteers a great opportunity to understand how health care systems work in a developing country. Hospitals and clinics are often understaffed so, depending on volunteers' education, experience level, and work capabilities, they may be able to assist with duties such as bandaging, taking blood pressure and generally caring for the patients.

Volunteer midwives are likely to be located in a busy maternity clinic, helping both pre- and post-natal patients, and assisting staff with deliveries. In Ghana volunteers may be placed in Cape Coast, Accra, Korforidua, Akuapem Hills or Kumasi, depending on what they want to experience and what experience and skills they already have.

Small village clinics in Ghana, such as the ones where volunteers will work in the Akuapem Hills area, often lack even basic healthcare facilities. Hospitals can service large areas and many patients travel a long way to reach hospitals with the facilities they need. Volunteers can provide a vital lifeline to patients in desperate need.

About Projects Abroad (http://www.projects-abroad.ca/)
Projects Abroad is a leading volunteer abroad organization that offers a diverse range of international service projects, from corporate group trips to opportunities for individual volunteers who might be career breakers, students on a gap year or retired seniors. Our continuous presence overseas and unparalleled in-country support from international staff ensure that volunteers enjoy experiences that are far more worthwhile and genuine than that of the average tourist, whatever their age and skills.

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