MEDICAL OUTREACH

This program involves visiting different community and slum groups to provide medical care. For many people in these areas, they cannot afford to buy medicine or visit clinics and hospitals, so we come to them instead. They often do not have a lot of education on hygiene or access to clean water, so even a simple cut can cause major problems and in extreme cases be life threatening. There is a huge range of injuries and illnesses you could encounter while on this program but working with local doctors and community leaders we are able to form a plan of action to support these individuals. Where people require additional treatment or support we have partnerships with local clinics to provide the best possible ongoing care. HIV and malaria testing are a big part of the work we do, as they are very common amongst these communities. We always use these issues as opportunities to counsel on how to avoid disease, cleanliness, the use of mosquito nets and other relevant topics. 

GOALS

- Provide access to health care for vulnerable people

- Spread education about HIV and eliminate stigma

- Give volunteers the opportunity to interact with local communities

ACTIVITIES

- HIV testing and counselling

- Malaria testing

- Basic wound care

- Distribution of mama kits

- Health education

- HIV counselling

TYPICAL DAY

9am: Leave for outreach

 

9:30-10am: Set up medicine and stations for admission, testing, doctor consultation

 

10am-4pm: Deworming, HIV and malaria testing, wound treatment, provision of medicine

 

4pm: Pack up and head home

OUTCOMES SO FAR

- 1000+ people treated for common illnesses

- 100+ mama kits distributed

- 1000+ people tested for HIV and malaria and counselled accordingly