Professional Volunteering for Doctors in Madagascar
- POSITION: Doctor
- PLACEMENT LOCATION: Moramanga
- REQUIREMENTS: A medical degree, a relevant licence to practice medicine in your country of residence, 1 year experience in your specialization, and an intermediate level of French
- ACCOMMODATION: Guest house
- LENGTH OF PLACEMENT: From 4 weeks
- START DATES: Flexible
Our Professional Medicine project is a fantastic opportunity for qualified doctors who are looking to gain medical experience in a developing country, specifically in the surgical field or obstetrics. During the project, you will be working alongside various medical staff to provide patients with the professional care they need.
How can volunteer doctors help in Madagascar?
We have partnered with a regional hospital in the town of Moramanga, an hour’s drive from where our other volunteer projects are based in Andasibe. Although small, the hospital is busy and frequented by the locals. As a PRO Medicine volunteer, you will be helping the medical staff treat their patients as well as your own. You will be given freedom of practice, and your supervisor, usually a fellow doctor, will be able to assist you if there is anything you need.
Working independently is a great way to use your French skills, but you can also use your knowledge and training to help local staff. You may work on tasks such as:
- Observing and assisting the local medical staff as they treat patients
- Diagnosing medical conditions and planning or providing appropriate treatment
- Organizing preventative medical programs for individual patients
- Providing advice on medical care and immunisation against diseases commonly found in Madagascar, such as malaria and dengue fever
- Presenting lectures to the local staff on your field of speciality
- Discussing ways of developing and improving medical practice in the hospital
Volunteers will generally work 5-hour shifts. After your shift and during your free time, you will be encouraged to take part in various outreach projects with the Public Health volunteers. These outreaches help raise awareness around key health care issues in the local communities. You will create leaflets and posters and deliver presentations at local schools with a focus on the need for vaccinations, basic hygiene, and getting treatment when ill. During these outreaches, you will also be able to supervise the less experienced volunteers.
What will I gain from this project?
Volunteering as a professional doctor overseas will give you insight into the medical practices of a developing country and will allow you to treat diseases that are common in Madagascar but rare in your own country. You will be able to improve your French language skills through regular communication with fellow and patients.
Teaching the staff in Madagascar is a great way to share your medical training and knowledge. Being open to their comments and suggestions will also open your views on medical practices in another country. You may even leave having learned some new or resourceful medical techniques.
What will Projects Abroad provide?
We have over 20 years’ experience of running volunteer projects. We provide you with the following support to make sure your time in Madagascar is successful and enjoyable:
- Safe accommodation with a Madagascan family close to your project
- Friendly and dedicated local staff available to help 24-hours a day
- A friendly member of staff available to meet you on arrival at the airport
- Medical and travel insurance.
What skills or qualifications do I need?
You need to be fully qualified as a doctor and have a relevant licence to practice in your country of residence. At least one year of experience in your field of speciality and an intermediate level of French are also required.
Volunteers need to be registered with the Ministry of Health in Madagascar in order to treat patients independently. You need to apply for this before you leave, and the process normally takes around a month. Our team will give you full support, including the required forms and how to fill them in.
There are many departments available at the hospital. If you have specific specialisms or interests in your field, please discuss this with us during application.
If you are interested in this project but don't have the relevant experience, you can take part in our Public Health project in Madagascar.