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United Planet Offers New Volunteer Abroad Programs in Healthcare Projects in Ghana and Tanzania

New opportunities enable volunteers to participate in national healthcare improvement and accessibility strategies; Projects welcome all ranges of medical interest and expertise.Boston, MA, March 2, 2011 – United Planet is delighted to offer two new volunteer programs in healthcare in African countries. The new opportunities enable both medical professionals and other volunteers interested in global healthcare initiatives to make meaningful, personal contributions in Ghana and Tanzania.“United Planet believes these programs will help people get access to vital medical services, at the same time that it builds cross-cultural understanding,” says Dave Santulli, United Planet Executive Director.   “Healthcare is recognized as a basic human right throughout the world. The projects in Ghana and Tanzania are unique opportunities for volunteers to live within communities and work with both care givers and patients to improve quality of life. “One program is at a Health Centre in rural Ghana. This centre is one of the Community-based Health Planning Services (CHPS) being introduced by Ghana Health Services to help with the treatment and diagnosis of common health problems.  The CHPS program is part of a national strategy to promote accessible, quality, and equitable health services to all Ghanaians-- particularly those in rural areas. The Centre provides a place of first response, saving people with minor health problems from traveling long distances to hospitals located in cities. All patients can visit the Centre first, be evaluated, and may be able to directly receive the treatment they require.  Those found to have major health problems can be referred to hospitals and clinics in Cape Coast, Ghana.This project is an excellent placement for nurses or nursing students, but all types of volunteers are welcome.  Licensed medical practitioners are able to actively participate in patient care.  Work is flexible, and non-medical volunteers may have the opportunity to assist in construction, teaching, and awareness campaigns encompassing AIDS, hygiene, and reproductive health education, among other projects.The other program is in the children’s department of a Cancer Institute in Tanzania. The Institute provides the necessary medical treatment to young cancer patients from all over Tanzania.  Many of the patients remain there for the duration of their treatment, which can range from 12 weeks to, in most cases, one year.At the Cancer Institute, volunteers with medical expertise can assist the staff and patients directly. Non-medical volunteers can help with computer data entry, teach children who are well enough to attend class, and interact with patients. The children’s ward is extremely busy and extra hands are always needed!About United PlanetUnited Planet, an international non-profit based in Boston, MA, strives to create a world in which all people understand, respect, and support one another. United Planet's global network of leaders and volunteers fosters cross-cultural understanding and addresses shared challenges to unite the world in a community beyond borders.Over the past nine years, United Planet has worked with local communities all over the world to find meaningful work for volunteer travelers; and has placed thousands of volunteers in those communities to live and work – for periods ranging from a week to a year. United Planet is the U.S. and Canadian member of the International Cultural Youth Exchange (ICYE) Federation, founded in 1949. For further information, please contactMary Babic   |   |   800-292-2316 


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