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VIN Community Health & Medical Care program aims to improve the health of the community through education, health services and public health improvements. According to their interests, volunteers can be involved with a number of different projects, according to their interests and the needs of the community at that time.

VIN supports the local health post by providing medical staff, a nurse and a doctor. Volunteers and interns help out in the clinic, reviewing patients who attend the clinic, helping the staff at the health post and providing ongoing training for the staff. The health post is open every day, but the doctor works there 3 days a week.

The Community Health Education is the most sustainable way in which VIN can improve health, and education is at the heart of all the community health projects. We run various sessions, for women's groups, children's groups, youth groups and at schools. These are developed by volunteers according to the current needs within the community. Volunteers then run these sessions, with the help of translators where needed.

Many of the health problems within this community stem from a lack of basic hygiene facilities, and practices such as open defecation. Hence, VIN has supported toilet construction within the community, and recent research has shown significant benefits achieved through this project. Many homes still lack toilets, and volunteers are involved in the construction, maintenance and related education to encourage behavioural changes.

These projects are evaluated through health research, which guides the direction of the community health programme. Volunteers are involved in designing and conducting health surveys and research, with the help of VIN staff.

Working with VIN as a community health volunteer, provides an unique opportunity to understand and work with this friendly and enthusiastic community.

Program: Health / Medical Care
Project: Community Health
Start Dates: 1st and 15th of each month
Language Requirements: English (Basic Nepali is provided)
Food and Accommodation: Nepali Standard at host the family in working community
Key Activities: shadow doctor at health post, conduct awareness programs on health and hygiene, First Aid to local youth, women, children clubs, conducting medical camps
Beneficiaries: local women, children, youth, teachers and other community people in general
Working Hours: 3 to 5 hours a day / 5 to 6 days a week
Required Qualifications and Skills: Medical / public health background either currently studying or practicing in the medical field. doctors, nurses, medical students, and nursing students. keen to work in rural community with basic facilities
Program Fees: 260Euros to 1205Euros

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