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Public Health Internships in Togo

Overview
Project Overview
  • PLACEMENT LOCATION: Lomé
  • ROLE: To assist staff by providing basic healthcare services for the local community, street children, and in care centers.
  • REQUIREMENTS: None
  • TYPES OF PLACEMENTS: Outreach work and local care centers
  • ACCOMMODATION: Host family
  • LENGTH OF PLACEMENT: From 2 weeks
  • START DATES: Flexible

A local resident receives treatment from a Projects Abroad volunteer

Gain hands on medical experience in a developing country, while providing medical services in communities where access to healthcare is limited. In Togo, diseases like malaria, cholera, and tuberculosis, are often contracted by children and adults who do not have access to basic medical care. With no attention, these diseases are often fatal. Local infrastructure and public healthcare services are often unavailable, leaving large numbers uncared for.

By joining this Public Health Internship with Projects Abroad you will address these issues directly through outreach projects in communities in Lomé. You will encounter local residents, street children, and children in care centers, with a variety of illnesses. Through raising awareness and treating patients, you will contribute to improving the quality of healthcare that large portions of Togolese people often do not have access to.

To participate in this project, you need to be at least 18 years old.

My role as a Public Health Intern in Togo

During your placement you will work in a team comprised of members of our partner organisation and local volunteers. You will go on regular outreach projects to communities where there is need, as well as assist with daily tasks.

The following are some of the tasks that you will have on medical outreaches:

  • Create awareness around important health issues through dialogue with local residents
  • Address wounds and follow-up on previous cases, to ensure that wounds heal and serious infections are avoided
  • Refer patients to local partner clinics where treatment on outreaches is not possible
  • Visit childcare centers to do medical check-ups

During your placement, local medical staff will be able to learn from any new knowledge and skills that you bring to the workspace. Your influence will therefore leave a lasting impact in the communities where you are placed, which will benefit patients for years to come.

You can read more detailed information on the aims of the project on our Togo Medicine & Healthcare Management Plan.

Not only will your time abroad give you valuable practical experience in the medical field, but by interacting with local people on a daily basis you will get to experience Togolese culture and ways of life.

You will live with a host family who will prepare your meals and share their customs with you. Your Public Health Internship with Projects Abroad will therefore be an eye-opening cultural exchange that will allow you to develop as a person and share your own experiences.

Please note that although it is not a requirement to join this project, having a basic or intermediate understanding of French would be beneficial. There will be an English-Speaking supervisor available at all times to assist you.

If you are interested in taking French lessons while in Togo, please read about the language courses we have on offer.

Togo Medicine & Healthcare Management Plan

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