There is a huge amount that you will be required to do and can help with. Your primary role will be to provide services to the local people while under the supervision and support of local doctors and dentists. We don’t expect you to be experts in your field, but rather to be open to gaining new knowledge and developing new skills. The most important attributes to have for these trips are adaptability, openness, and an enthusiasm for the experience. Here is an overview of the main components of the medical camp to give you an idea of what the camp will involve.
1. Assisting in consultations, in the pharmacy and in the general running of the clinic
Helping out in the consultations and triaging patients before consultation will be a key part of the medical camp – taking blood pressures & other obs, history taking, preparing syringes…There will also be the opportunity to assist in minor ops and other procedures - although this depends on who comes in to the clinic!
Dental students will be very hands on assisting with extractions and other simple procedures, under the supervision of the dentist.
Home visits will also be very important for people who cannot make it into the clinic.
2. Medical report
This report is vital for Moving Mountains Kenya and should provide an overview of the health of the area – which will fit into the long term plan to provide strategies for health improvement. This will help to guide future education programmes and projects for health improvement, to prevent conditions which are common and easy to prevent.
3. Education and teaching
Examples of teaching topics and activities could be:
Basic First Aid
Women's and maternal/reproductive health
Designing educational information, materials and workshops to help prevent/reduce the prevalence of conditions commonly seen in the medical camp.
This is a great way to combine your medical knowledge while helping to prepare yourselves for the camp and make the camp yours.
4. Experience at other local clinics and hospitals
There will also be the opportunity gain experience at other local clinics and hospitals, including a local clinic developed with the support of the Moving Mountains (Dophil Clinic & Maternity Home), and Siaya District Hospital.
Priorities of Moving Mountains Medical Camps
The medical camps in both Kenya and Nepal are set up to provide free medical and dental services to the local communities. These camps are open to anybody who arrives and are driven by the needs of the local communities themselves.
Moving Mountains has been working in both Nepal and Kenya for over twenty years. During that time, we have forged strong relationships with local authorities, committees, and families. All of our projects are set up with the approval of local authorities, and often at their request.
During medical camps we adhere to a strict child protection policy and fair trade volunteering guidelines. It is of the utmost importance to Moving Mountains that we put the needs and rights of our community first and foremost. These trips are designed to be a combination of personal development for volunteers with international development as the focus.