Research ways to bring medical volunteers to Arrow-Web Hospital

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Arrow-Web Hospital would like to take advantage of opportunities to learn from medical volunteers willing to travel to Kenya. For this task, research organizations that sponsor medical volunteers and help us find out more about what must be done to arrange for these volunteers to come help the hospital. Please include contact information and any specific requirements that you can find which Arrow-Web hospital might need to meet in order to bring volunteers to Kenya.

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If you type something like MEDICAL VOLUNTEER KENYA into Google it will come up with hundreds of sites, many of them offering volunteering oportunities for medically-qualified people in Kenya. However, the majority of them give clear information on how potential volunteers can apply and say nothing about how groups can request to receive volunteers.

Bramuel, do you know other hospitals (or other places) who already get volunteers from abroad? If so, can you get them from the same places? Also, I remember you saying you work with a university whose local students volunteer with you. Do they have any international contacts e.g. with hospitals, who may be able to help?

Mary

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International Health Volunteers

Bramuel-if you click the link above, it will take you to the website for International Health Volunteers. If you then click on "Organizations" there is a spot where you add Arrow-Web Hospital to their list with your contact information.

I contacted Doctors of the World and also Doctors without Borders by email today. I will let you know if I hear back from either of them.

I have also contacted Ohio University here in the United States. They take groups of students abroad and one of the places they go is Kenya.

Jennifer

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Hi Jennifer
Am already registered member with International Health Volunteers since august last year and even am a registered member of worldwide volunteer organization UK.
Thanks.
Bramuel:lol:

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Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO)
http://www.vso.org.uk/

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Our approach to volunteering has changed dramatically over the years. Our volunteers are no longer only school-leavers - today the average age of a volunteer is 38, the majority coming from skilled, professional backgrounds. Most placements are for two years, but can also be as short as 2 weeks. We are a leading development charity with almost 1,500 skilled professionals currently working in 34 countries. We respond to requests from governments and community organisations throughout Asia and Africa.

The volunteers aim to pass on their expertise to local people so that when they return home their skills remain. Volunteers can be aged between 18 and 75 years old and must have a formal qualification and some work experience. Regular postings are for two years and volunteers are provided with accommodation and a local level allowance as well as air fares and insurance.

We are actively recruiting volunteers all the time. The range of jobs is vast, and includes small business advisors, teachers, social workers, health professionals, management consultants, marine biologists, accountants and farmers.

http://www.vso.org.uk/volunteering/faq/index.asp#22

Quote:
How can I request a VSO volunteer to work in my organisation? For an organisation to make a request to employ a VSO volunteer, the organisation must contact our office in the relevant country and make a proposal in writing.

The letter should state what you need a VSO volunteer to do, how it will contribute to long-term development in your area, and what conditions (eg. accommodation) you can offer a volunteer. Our programme staff will then visit you to draw up a detailed job description and to gather the required information in full. It usually takes a minimum of 6 months between receipt of your request and the arrival of your volunteer.

Please note that we can only send volunteers to organisations in countries where we already have a programme. For an up-to-date list of the countries we currently work in, click here.

If you would like to request a volunteer, please call us on 020 8780 7500 for the address of the relevant Programme Office.

We are unable to provide contact telephone and fax numbers or email addresses of our programme offices, as these are reserved for volunteer emergencies only.

However, elsewhere on the site there are direct contact details for their office in Kenya - VSO Jitolee

VSO Jitolee
PO Box 49843-00100
Nairobi
Kenya

Website: www.vsojitolee.org (not working at the moment)
Telephone: +254 2 575312 or 561603
Email: vsojitolee@vsoint.org

Bramuel, it may be worth you contacting them to see if they are likely to be able to send volunteers to Arrow.

Mary

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Hi all
i would like to be part of this experience. if there is a placement for interns in social work please let me know. thank you
martin

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Mary wrote:
Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO)
http://www.vso.org.uk/

Quote:
Our approach to volunteering has changed dramatically over the years. Our volunteers are no longer only school-leavers - today the average age of a volunteer is 38, the majority coming from skilled, professional backgrounds. Most placements are for two years, but can also be as short as 2 weeks. We are a leading development charity with almost 1,500 skilled professionals currently working in 34 countries. We respond to requests from governments and community organisations throughout Asia and Africa.

The volunteers aim to pass on their expertise to local people so that when they return home their skills remain. Volunteers can be aged between 18 and 75 years old and must have a formal qualification and some work experience. Regular postings are for two years and volunteers are provided with accommodation and a local level allowance as well as air fares and insurance.

We are actively recruiting volunteers all the time. The range of jobs is vast, and includes small business advisors, teachers, social workers, health professionals, management consultants, marine biologists, accountants and farmers.

http://www.vso.org.uk/volunteering/faq/index.asp#22

Quote:
How can I request a VSO volunteer to work in my organisation? For an organisation to make a request to employ a VSO volunteer, the organisation must contact our office in the relevant country and make a proposal in writing.

The letter should state what you need a VSO volunteer to do, how it will contribute to long-term development in your area, and what conditions (eg. accommodation) you can offer a volunteer. Our programme staff will then visit you to draw up a detailed job description and to gather the required information in full. It usually takes a minimum of 6 months between receipt of your request and the arrival of your volunteer.

Please note that we can only send volunteers to organisations in countries where we already have a programme. For an up-to-date list of the countries we currently work in, click here.

If you would like to request a volunteer, please call us on 020 8780 7500 for the address of the relevant Programme Office.

We are unable to provide contact telephone and fax numbers or email addresses of our programme offices, as these are reserved for volunteer emergencies only.

However, elsewhere on the site there are direct contact details for their office in Kenya - VSO Jitolee

VSO Jitolee
PO Box 49843-00100
Nairobi
Kenya

Website: www.vsojitolee.org (not working at the moment)
Telephone: +254 2 575312 or 561603
Email: vsojitolee@vsoint.org

Bramuel, it may be worth you contacting them to see if they are likely to be able to send volunteers to Arrow.

Mary

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Hi Mary
Thanks I will email them
Bramuel

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Hi!

I have added the volunteer groups to the wiki so that we have a record of what has been found, who has been contacted and, once we have some replies, what the outcome was.

Its far easier to start to do this from the beginning, rather than try and do it in a few weeks when there may be lots of posts to work through.

Although I know that Nabuur wikis are not always the easiest things to use, it would be great if people can keep it up to date!

(Jennifer, feel free to change the layout it if you wish. I intentionally didn't put the information into a table as I find them hard to edit as they like to randomly reformat themselves!)

Mary

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Hi!

This is not a direct source of volunteers, but could be a good way of linking Arrow with a hospital in the UK to share information, and could lead to doctors coming to volunteer with you.

THET
http://www.thet.org.uk

Quote:
We help forge long term Links between health institutions in developing countries and their counterparts in the UK. Partners identify priorities for strengthening their health services. We respond by linking them with a health institution in the UK that has the knowledge and skills to help them to address these priorities. Once the Link has been established we continue to provide advice and support, such as accessing funding, evaluation and networking, and we connect Links with Government strategy.

Health Links
http://www.thet.org.uk/index.php?/page/index/getinvolved.html

Quote:
Get Involved

THET promotes the concept of Health Links, where two or more institutions form a partnership for mutual development. Institutions can include:

district, tertiary or teaching hospitals
primary care organisations
mental health and other types of specialist health care providers
health authorities
medical, nursing and allied health professional schools in universities
professional networks, associations or regulatory bodies
Health Links of this sort should have a long lifespan and can help build capacity in developing countries and in the UK.

If you are interested in developing a health link, please click here to access a Links Request Form.

Or you can download a Word Versions here for Non UK and here for UK Health Link.

If you are an institution in a developing country you can incorporate your Health Link partners' support into your institutions within national strategies for developing health care.

If you are an institution in the UK you will find that you can use your Link to contribute to your staff development plans and that participation in a Health Link will aid recruitment and retention of staff.

If you are an individual who would like your institution to develop a Health Link, whether you are in the UK or in a developing country, the first thing to do is to discuss your ideas with others within your department or institution. If there is general support for your ideas you should, with others, develop an outline plan and approach the institution's senior management or Board for support.

If you are in the UK or elsewhere THET will support you in engaging with your institution by presentations, promotional materials, written guidance or putting you in touch with other organisations who could offer you support.
...
If you are from a developing country:

Think about why you would like a Link. You should ask yourselves the following questions;

In which areas of your work do your staff need additional training and in what area is service development required?

What would you like to achieve and how can a UK institution help you to achieve this? Do your plans fit with national priorities?

Can you get the commitment of the senior management in your institution?

Think of any existing contact you have in the UK: does anyone know of a partner institution that you could link with?

If you do not have contacts in the UK you should contact THET to see if we know about a suitable partner for you, so please fill in our links request form.

The request form are on the website, as are email contact details if you want more information before deciding whether to request a link.

(Info added to the wiki)

Mary

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Hello everyone,

I have just one comment.I think that one possible way of bringing volunteers to help the hospital in Kenya is by starting to look at the INGOs or other local NGOs which already work in Africa. In this way we know that these particular organizations have the necessary hands-on experience in this region and they might even be able to provide you with volunteers faster,easier and at lower costs for the organization which sends them or for them (if they are covering their own living expenses and so on).
At the same time, we could identify network on the internet (if there are any) where we could advertise the hospital, exchange ideas and get practical help with medical problems, etc.

Waiting to hear from you,
Ruxandra

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Hello again:)

Just to let you know I have updated the Wiki database with new sites. I will continue doing that because I have found a lot of interesting materials on the Internet.
My suggestion would be the following:
1. First Bramuel, if possible, could you please give us some details regarding for instance the number of volunteers needed, their areas of expertise (OB, dentists, surgeons, etc).
2. Also are there any periods of the year in which you need more personnel because of lets say weather conditions, etc.?
Because this could be important especially since you will need to file in applications in order to get the volunteers you need. So timing in this circumstances is everything :)

Ruxandra

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Ruxandra-

Thank you for your comments. In response specifically to your second point, I have attached a graph provided by Bramuel that shows the flow of patients to the hospital per month for 1-year. You can definitely see that July-December are the busiest months for them. This is also located in the Resources section.

Anyone from Kenya-any thoughts about why there are so many less patients January-June? What is the climate/weather like during these months?

Jennifer

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It may be possible to get Arrow added to the list at the International Healthcare Opportunities Clearinghouse http://library.umassmed.edu/ihoc/viewall.cfm which lists organisations looking for medical volunteers. Most are American orgs who send volunteers overseas but there is one Kenyan group on the list.
Alternatively some of those listed might be sources of volunteers - I am some of them will already be on the list site Ruxandra added to the wiki yesterday).

http://library.umassmed.edu/ihoc/feedback.cfm
"Send Us Feedback
If you would like to send us comments, or if you would like to have your site listed in IHOC, please fill out the form below."

(added to wiki)

Mary

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Bramuel requested that I contact Projects Abroad today to learn more about how they choose the projects for their volunteer visits. I contacted them tonight and hope to hear back soon.

Jennifer

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I don't know whether you prefer to find volunteers through an established volunteer organisation, or whether you are happy to be approached directly by qualified volunteers who want to work with you?

I am still interested to know whether other hospitals in your area get volunteers and, if so, whether you can get them from the same place. It may be worth asking around if you have not done so already.

If you would like people to approach you directly, you could try to get listed on the following sites (and probably many others). May make sense for the website to be complete first.

International Medical Volunteers Association
http://www.imva.org/
The 'Help Wanted' list shows hospitals all over the world. It hasn't been updated since 2006 so am not certain that it is still active, but it doesn't hurt to ask!
The 'Find A Volunteer' page lists people who would like to volunteer and what their skills are. Again, some of the entries are quite old.

Health Volunteers Overseas
https://www.hvousa.org/
Run their own volunteer programme but does not appear to have anything in Kenya.
However their "Other Health Related Opportunities"
https://www.hvousa.org/ohvo.cfm page does list a few hospitals around the world so it might be possible to get Arrow added.

Medical Missions Directory
http://www.missionfinder.org/medical.htm
Primarily a list of Christian-based hospitals and volunteer-sending groups, although you do not have to be Christian to be added to the list.
Add via online form at http://www.missionfinder.org/addurl.htm

HealthCare Volunteer
http://www.healthcarevolunteer.com/
Lists medical volunteer opportunites around the world.
http://www.healthcarevolunteer.com/organizations/index.php gives more info on how to get listed. Not quite clear on the process - I think that anyone can add a general listing or you can Partner with their with their Direct Patient Care Program which appears to send one volunteer then, providing all went well you become an official partner. You may need to contact them for clarification on this.

(info added to wiki)

Mary

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Thank you Mary-

I'm thinking may be worth our while to come up with a list of the objectives the hospital would like to meet by using medical volunteers to help us better target these organizations. There are lots of them out there, but I'm also thinking in lines of what the local community has to offer the volunteers-like where they would stay while they were there, some discussion of local transportation-maybe we could start by doing some informational interviewing calls with some of these agencies to find out what requirements they have for the local community to make sure their volunteers are safe, etc.

From there maybe we could come up with items for a portfolio-maybe have that available online or through the hospital website that speaks specifically to the needs the hospital is trying to address by working with volunteers, information about the local community that may be of interest to a volunteer considering a placement with the hospital...what do you guys think? Is that something that might be beneficial for us to do or at least research?

I feel like we may need to have some of that information prepared in case we get questions from the volunteer organizations themselves.

I like your idea about contacting local hospitals and seeing if they utilize volunteers too. I think that's a really practical thing to do. I know Bramuel is busy right now with the website still and trying to come up with the needs list for Doc to Dock so we can get back to them-maybe this is something we can try and organize.

Have any of you ever served as a volunteer in another country? What kinds of things were important to you when considering your volunteer role there?

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