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VOLUNTEER IN KENYA - MEDICAL EXPEDITION PROJECT
There is a huge humanitarian need for skilled people to help develop and volunteer in projects abroad. Many organisation lay down a criteria such as language skills or only certain medical professionals with five or more years of experience. The truth is, that setting such criteria’s means that aid organisations get exactly what they want but the other reality of the situation is, that it closes the door to many others who want to volunteer and don’t have years of fieldwork experience, language skills or medical qualifications.
Divinity Foundation welcomes a wide array of professionals to volunteer, our only criteria is that volunteers have a clean criminal record and have undergone a CRB check due to the vulnerable nature of the patients we work with. We are particularly keen to promote Osteopathy in the humanitarian sector and therefore are always pleased to hear from Osteopaths who wish to volunteer.
Osteopathy is invaluable in gently treating kids and women through manual-medicine addressing strains and stresses in the Musculo-skeletal system. When you consider that children and women walk miles every day, carrying heavy loads with no footwear you can imagine the kind of Musculo-skeletal complaints they are likely to have. Osteopathy is also beneficial to help speed up recovery from respiratory disorders, digestive complaints and headaches. A lot of the children, living in the desert and in the slums suffer with respiratory congestion due to the dusty environment and many of the children suffer from emotional stress, digestive disorders. These children require a gentler form of treatment from a skilled professional who at the same time can share some laughter and positive attention. Osteopaths are invaluable in being able to do this. Osteopathy is also cost effective as a treatment modality which does not require expensive drugs to administer.
Non-Medical persons are always welcome to help out with serving food to the children during our medical camps, administer hydration fluids and help out with de-worming children. A huge part of our medical camp work is geared towards de-worming children, which is essential to the survival and health of children. Out of hunger, many children begin to eat soil, which results in a parasitic invasion of worms in their digestive tract. The worms digest any food or nourishment the child gets, thus meaning that the child’s body suffers with malnourishment and starvation despite being fed. De-worming a child costs just 50pence GBP or 75cents USD.
Medical Expeditions to Kenya currently run during the month of October and May each year. So, if you would like to volunteer and have a clean criminal record and can provide three character references one being from your doctor, then please contact Divinity Foundation Today! Our family of humanitarians awaits to welcome you.
EXPEDITION DURATION: 14days
TOTAL COST OF TRIP: £450 (to cover international flights, accommodation, meals, transport, support staff and translators in Kenya, Visas)
PLEASE NOTE: OSTEOPATHS/DOCTORS/HEALTHCARE PROFFESSIONALS WHO INTEND TO TREAT PATIENTS IN THEIR HEALTHCARE CAPACITY NEED TO BE QUALIFIED, STATE REGISTERED AND SHOULD HAVE BEEN PRACTICING FOR A MINIMUM OF 2YRS.
*We've recieved a number of queries from osteopaths. Since you shall be working with pre and post partum mothers and children, you need adequate experience of treating this group of patients. Your treatment base should be broad i.e. structural, visceral, functional. You should have a good grasp of pathology and pharmacology. We are unable to offer student placements in our medical projects unless you are a student with one of our affiliated academic schools for Osteopathy.