Are you a healthcare professional or student looking to make a difference in a developing country? Volunteer in India in the Healthcare project, and provide medical services to those in rural communities.
In India, about 42% of the children below the age of 3 is malnourished, and about 1.7 million children die each year before turning one.
Although the healthcare system in India is striving hard to make itself more accessible to its people, the population size of the country makes it a daunting battle.
Volunteer in India in the Healthcare project and help the locals lead healthier and better lives while immersing in the fascinating Indian culture and enchanting attractions!
As a volunteer working in the healthcare project, your responsibilities will depend on your level of training, certifications and licensing. Medical volunteers will shadow local doctors and learn mostly from observation.
Due to inherent risk involved and medical regulations, volunteers cannot treat patients or become involved in surgery during the project. Depending on your skills, experience and interests, and also the needs of the local staff, your daily activities involve, but are not limited to:
- Participating and/or organizing educational workshops aimed at reporting on topics of general relevance such as hygiene, healthy eating habits, vaccination, etc.
- Educating about disease prevention, harmful addictions, eating disorders, etc.
- Promoting health maintenance within families, communities and populations
- Educating on improving the environment of the community
- Promoting clean living, optimizations of resources, implementation of different strategies, changing habits
- Participating in trainings
- Helping with administrative tasks
- Help with physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Provide basic care
- Observe the work of nurses or doctors
- Carry out daily administrative tasks
- Take patient details
- Measure vital signs such as blood pressure, height, weight
- Distribute medicines
- Perform basic first aid
- Help with medical procedures
- Provide assistance in the in-day emergency room
- Partner with local doctors, nurses and therapists
How You Can Make a Difference
This is an excellent project for medical professionals and students wanting to gain invaluable healthcare experience in India. You’ll also have an understanding of the healthcare system in a developing country.
India faces huge challenged in making its healthcare system efficient and affordable. The size of the population and the level of poverty in the country meant that the government has to work double time to improve the healthcare services.
People are still dying from treatable diseases such as hepatitis, tuberculosis and malaria and more than 120 million households have very poor sanitation. As a volunteer, you’ll be helping to alleviate these issues by filling in the gaps in the healthcare system.
Skills and Qualifications
Applicants interested to join this program must possess healthcare certification, such as: ID as a medical student, EMT, paramedic certification, nursing, physical therapy, midwifery or physician’s credentials.
We do not permit volunteers without medical credentials to participate in this program due to the potential risk. This project also requires a copy of the volunteer’s resume which clearly documents the education and/or professional credentials, prior to arrival.
The projects will also require an official copy of the credentials. Depending on your specific placement and host institution, additional application materials may be required.
This project is located in Delhi, which is an incredibly colorful, thriving and bustling city steeped in rich history and culture.
As a historical capital city of India, Delhi contains major Indian tourist attractions the like Red Fort, Lotus Temple, Qutab Minar, Lodhi Gardens, etc. Delhi contains a diverse assortment of local markets, restaurants, internet cafés, nightclubs, shopping centers and cultural heritage sites to experience.
There are numerous chances for volunteers to explore Delhi with their free time and options abound. Taxis/auto rickshaws are affordable transportation options and tours can be arranged to Agra and Jaipur as well as other rural locations.