HIV/AIDS Volunteer Work in Togo
- Placement locations: Lomé
- Role: Work with a local NGO on outreach, education, and awareness work relating to HIV/AIDS.
- Requirements: Volunteers need to speak basic French
- Types of placement: NGO
- Accommodation: Host family
- Length of placement: From 2 weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
Volunteering with Projects Abroad at a pioneering HIV/AIDS program in Togo is a fulfilling experience which will educate you on the current status of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa and the stigma surrounding the disease. As a volunteer on this project, you will give much-needed support to patients affected by the disease.
Togo has one of the highest rates of death linked to HIV/AIDS, and, as free treatment is still a recent phenomenon, there is still a great deal of stigma surrounding the illness. If you choose to volunteer on this project, you will contribute to national efforts to combat HIV, including raising awareness, mounting screenings, and providing further support to patients, both medically and psychologically.
Volunteers participating on this project will need to speak basic French in order to interact fully with patients and staff. No medical experience is necessary to join this project as it combines care and medical work and the activities you focus on will depend on your level of experience.
Volunteering Abroad to Support HIV/AIDS Patients in Togo
Volunteers will work alongside staff at a local NGO, Jeunes Missionaires d’Aide Humanitaire (JMAH). The NGO was founded with the intent of helping people with HIV/AIDS by focusing on medical and psychological consulting, awareness programs, prevention, education, and training on HIV for children and adults in the area.
The placement is based in central Lomé, close to the border with Ghana. The center also conducts prevention and social work with vulnerable groups such as immigrants, sex workers, soldiers, and long-distance truck drivers.
On this project, you will participate in vital outreach programs and help educate and support HIV/AIDS patients by providing information on ways to manage the virus and develop programs relating to the economic and social needs of infected people.
What You Will Gain from this Project
- Invaluable exposure to the treatment of a disease that may be relatively uncommon in your home country
- A unique insight into the reality of HIV/AIDS in an African country
- A learning experience and exchange of ideas with local staff
- Participation in weekly medical outreaches and health check-ups in the local community
This project will be emotionally demanding, but as a volunteer you will be working toward a worthwhile goal that will help hundreds of people.
You can join the HIV/AIDS project in Togo 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 community 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.