Rural Medical Outreach

Rural Medical Outreach

There is a serious lack of trained medical professionals and manpower in the rural villages in South East Madagascar. No matter what your level of health care knowledge is, there is a large amount of work that needs to be done. It is extremely difficult for many people to travel to their closest clinic and so they often leave visiting a health care facility until they are very sick. As well as this, the locals do not have a varied diet and often it consists of mainly the Cassava root vegetable, which does not nourish pregnant or breastfeeding mothers, leaving many malnourished children to attend.

You will be immersed in a rural village just outside of Fort Dauphin, where there is a huge need for medical assistance. The local clinic is lacking in manpower, skills and equipment and your involvement will provide the local villagers with health care that they would not normally have access to. We focus on a small village approximately 30km from our base in Fort Dauphin. From this clinic we are able to assist the surrounding communities in everything from minor aliments to more serious illnesses and injuries, as well as offering a pre and post natal service to mothers.

Location

Fort Dauphin has modernized considerably in recent years with the arrival of international mining activities. The peninsular on which Fort Dauphin is sent is flanked either side by sweeping sandy beaches with good surfing.There are high mountains to the North with Pique St Louis overlooking the town. Most amenities are accessible and there is generally good internet access. There are a few quaint local restaurants to choose from, including a beach bar and a vibey and thriving market.

Fort Dauphin was the first European site in Madagascar, founded by shipwrecked Portuguese sailors who built the old fort near the Ambinanibe River in 1504. However they were soon driven out by the local population and mostly succumbed to disease or killed.In 1642 the French established a trading post at Baie de St Luce but later moved south to establish Fort Dauphin, named after the child prince Dauphin who became Louis XIV.

Given its pleasant climate, magnificent beaches, natural reserves (including several containing lemurs), variety of hotels and that it's only a one hour flight from Antananarivo, some have given Fort Dauphin the title of "la cote d'Azur” (the popular Mediterranean French coast) of Madagascar.
Popular places to visit include Evatraha, Libanona beach, Lokaro, Manafiafy, Nahampoana and Vinanibe

Schedule

The working hours vary but your day may start as early as 7:30-9:00 and finish at 15:00-17:00. You will work 5 days a week, leaving you two free days to explore the area.

Example Timetable:

 

 

MORNING

AFTERNOON

WEEK 1

Saturday

Arrival

Arrival

Sunday

Free Day

Free Day

Monday

Orientation/Training

Clinic Work

Tuesday

Clinic Work

Community Health Awareness

Wednesday

Clinic Work

Community Health Awareness

Thursday

Clinic Work

Community Health Awareness

Friday

Clinic Work

Cultural Activity

Saturday

Excursion

Excursion

Sunday

Free Day

Free Day

Accommodations

During the week, you will be staying with a local host family. You will have the opportunity to experience rural life first hand and witness the struggles such as access to healthcare and education that the families have to go through. There is not often running water in or access to hot water or electricity. You can expect to use pit toilets which is always an experience first time around!

On weekends you will stay at our Fort Dauphin Volunteer House.

Facilities in Fort Dauphin Include:

  • Showers (no hot water)
  • Electricity
  • Communal Kitchen
  • Communal Lounge Area
  • Dorm Style Sleeping Arrangements

Cost Breakdown

This program may have a Reservation Fee, which is included in the total cost. Your Reservation Fee is due once you commit to the program, with the remaining Program Fee balance due 30 days before your arrival date.

2 weeks:     $1,582 Longer:     +$708 per week

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Note: All listed prices are in US Dollars.

How To Sign Up

Signing up is a three-step process:

  • Fill out an Inquiry Form. Please note: submissions must be made at least 4 weeks prior to your prospective start date.
  • A member of the Volunteer Global team will get in touch with you to confirm program availability for your chosen dates, and schedule an interview if needed.
  • Once your interview is complete, you will be notified to submit your Reservation Fee to reserve your program and schedule. Your final Program Fee is due at least 4 weeks prior to in-country arrival in order to reserve your placement.

Important Note

This is a pilot program. As part of our program development process, we ask our first groups of participating volunteers to provide additional feedback to assist us in ensuring the most rewarding experience possible in cooperation with EDGE of AFRICA for their associated programs.

Registration must be completed at least one month prior to your program start date, so...let's get started!

Requirements

  • 18 and older
  • Good health
Partner: EDGE of AFRICA
Country: Madagascar

Duration: 2 weeks - 12 weeks
Fee: From $1,582
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Your Program Fee Covers:

  • Registration and pre-departure interview
  • Volunteer handbook (when available)
  • 24/7 U.S.-based staff support
  • In-country housing and certain amenities
  • Training and guidance from host group
  • Host program needs, such as tools or supplies for your project
  • Post-trip thank-you packet
  • Monthly newsletters

Unless explicitly stated otherwise, it does not cover your flight, passport/visa, vaccinations, transportation while in country, exit fees, meals, or personal expenses. Click here for full details about your program costs!