Pharmacy Internship in Ghana
- PLACEMENT LOCATION: Cape Coast, Central Region
- ROLE: To observe and work alongside local pharmacists and gain experience in the pharmaceutical field
- TYPES OF PLACEMENTS: Teaching hospital or local pharmacy
- REQUIREMENTS: None
- ACCOMMODATION: Host family
- LENGTH OF PLACEMENT: From 2 weeks
- START DATES: Flexible
Learn more about pharmaceutical practices in a developing country by volunteering on a Pharmacy Internship in Ghana with Projects Abroad. As a Pharmacy Intern, you will spend time working alongside professional pharmacists and medical staff, and gain valuable practical experience by observing and assisting where needed. You will also go on outreach programs to rural areas, where you will assist with providing basic medical services to communities that often have little or no access to health care.
A Pharmacy Internship in Ghana will not only give you valuable practical experience, but local staff will be able to learn from any new skills and knowledge you bring to your workspace. The people you serve on outreaches will also benefit for years to come through greater understanding of illness and treatment.
Volunteering on a Pharmacy Project in Ghana
During your time abroad, you will work at a teaching hospital or a local pharmacy. You will be supervised by a qualified pharmacy manager or a clinical pharmacist. They will be there to support you throughout your project.
By observing an helping local staff, you will learn more about their pharmaceutical practices as they treat patients on a daily basis. This will also give you the opportunity to engage with the patients and learn more about their medical conditions and how they are treated.
Your Role as a Pharmacy Intern in Ghana
Your main role will be to assist the local pharmacists during their daily pharmaceutical duties. Some of the activities you will be involved with can include the following:
- Complete ward rounds with pharmacy and medical teams
- Assist with clinical pharmacy practices
- Observe the pharmaceutical team during dispensing
- Assist with advising patients on medication use
Outreach Projects during your Pharmacy Internship
Many small villages and outlying communities are unable to access or receive medical attention. You will go on outreach projects to reach people from some of these areas. You will help provide the local community with the care that they would not normally have access to, and under supervision, you will be able to advise patients and provide them with the medication they have been prescribed by local doctors.
During your project, you will live with a local host family. This is a great way to learn about a new culture, and your host family will be able to give you advice on what to see and do. When you aren’t at your host family or working at your placement, you will have the opportunity to spend time with other Projects Abroad volunteers and explore Ghana together.
Pharmacy internships in Ghana are available for shorter periods than 4 weeks. While you will be able to gain valuable medical experience on a short-term trip, we recommend staying for a longer period to allow yourself more time to get to know the local medical system, see more of a variety of conditions and procedures, and develop stronger relationships with local staff.