HIV/AIDS Volunteer Projects in Ghana
- PLACEMENT LOCATIONS: Accra
- ROLE: Counselling and testing patients, community outreach
- REQUIREMENTS: None
- TYPE OF PLACEMENT: Teaching hospital
- ACCOMODATION: Host family
- PRICE: From
- WHAT’S INCLUDED? Food, accommodation, transfers to and from our specified airport, transport to and from work where required, insurance, personal webpage, induction and orientation, 24/7 support
- WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED? Flights, visa costs, spending money
- LENGTH OF PLACEMENT: From 1 week
- START DATES: Flexible
Volunteers now have the opportunity to work with a pioneering HIV/AIDS programme in Ghana. As a volunteer you will not only learn about the HIV/AIDS situation in Ghana and the stigma surrounding this virus, but will also get to observe and work directly with patients who are suffering.
With an increase in the number of AIDS cases, Ghana has been forced to respond to this issue and is now working towards finding a lasting solution. The goal is to prevent new HIV infections as well as to mitigate the socioeconomic and psychological effects of HIV/AIDS on individuals, communities, and the nation.
HIV/AIDS Control Programme in Ghana
Our HIV/AIDS project is based in the capital city of Accra. Volunteers will work in a variety of different departments and on an array of different outreach projects. These may include the following:
Counselling unit: this department helps prepare patients before they have an HIV/AIDS test and when they receive their results. The counselling units are also mobile and work with HIV positive patients in their homes.
Anti-retro viral therapy clinic: for HIV/AIDS patients who are receiving treatment.
Prevention of mother to child transmission: antenatal cases are counselled and screened for HIV/AIDS. Mothers who are infected follow a programme to prevent them from infecting their unborn babies.
Diagnosis and testing unit: a special laboratory solely used for testing and diagnosing HIV/AIDS.
Community outreach: hospital staff and volunteers work together to educate local communities and schools about HIV/AIDS.
Volunteers also have the opportunity to join the general medical outreach programme twice a week travelling to schools, care centres and disadvantaged communities to do awareness presentations about HIV/AIDS, as well as conducting basic health check-ups.
This project will often be emotionally demanding, but as a volunteer you will be working towards a very worthwhile goal and will work alongside some inspiring people.
You can join the HIV/AIDS project in Ghana for one, 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 community and the volunteer Although you will gain a valuable cultural insight and work 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.