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The Nurses in Action Program is a volunteer program for health professionals to provide healthcare to communities in extreme poverty in Kenya and Nepal
Nurses in Action is a specialised, skilled volunteer program for Nurses and Midwives as well as other qualified Health Practitioners. World Youth International operates as Nurses in Action for this specific program, which is run separately to their other programs and international projects. Nurses, Midwives, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Paramedics and other allied health professionals have joined this program. The NIA Program runs in Kenya and Nepal with the objective of building local capacity in improving health services to rural communities (such as at the Odede Community Health Centre in Kenya), and offering healthcare to communities living in extreme poverty who would not be able to access it otherwise (such as earthquake-affected communities in Nepal). NIA Volunteers work in local medical clinics and hospitals as well as on Community Outreach Programs and Medical Camps, alongside local staff and community members.
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Have you ever wanted to work in a developing country to help those who need it most?
Nurses in Action (NIA) is a team program which provides a unique, powerful and immersive experience for volunteers.
The program is held over 3 weeks (Nepal) or 4 weeks (Kenya) and allows nurses and allied health professionals aged 18 - 65 to provide primary healthcare services to people living in remote communities.
Enjoy the comfort of knowing that absolutely everything is organised for you while you participate in a diverse range of experiences and placements, all under the guidance and support of your trained Australian team leader.
Australian nurses may be able to claim their CPD training hours on this program, which could make their program fee and expenses a tax deduction!
Learn about primary healthcare practices in a developing country; Help to build local capacity in improving health services and outcomes to rural communities; Provide healthcare to communities living in extreme poverty who would not be able to access it otherwise; Receive support from the in-country support team who will guide you through the journey; Participate in a diverse range of experiences including home visits, medical camps, placements; There will never be more than 12 volunteers in your team, providing you with a personal experience; Participate in a comprehensive orientation program with your team when you arrive in country.
You will have the opportunity to participate in a diverse range of experiences and placements as a Nurses in Action volunteer.
Provide your skills in the areas of child and maternal health, wound management, immunisations and general nursing care; Participate in medical camps in remote communities and treat 200-500 patients in one day; Educate local communities and healthcare providers about sustainable public health practices including hygiene, sanitation and nursing care; Visit people in their homes who are unable to travel to health centres and provide them with much needed medical care;
A significant portion of your program will be spent in rural villages with very basic but secure accommodation and facilities.
In these locations, you will have the rare opportunity to witness firsthand the challenges faced by healthcare providers at rural health posts and birthing centres.
You will also have the chance to interact with community members on a daily basis, learn about their unique culture and immerse yourself in local activities and events.
Participating in the Nurses in Action program allows you to make incredible contributions to the global community and to develop both personally and professionally in the process.
You will have many opportunities to stretch yourself professionally on this program.
Observing and learning about healthcare practices in a developing country; Contributing to the health curricula at rural schools; Testing your triage skills during the two rural medical camps, and; Providing community education on a variety of topics, including reproductive health, nutrition, domestic violence, hygiene, immunisations and wound care.
Challenge yourself by getting out of your comfort zone and opening yourself up to new experiences on this program!
As part of your participation on this program, you’ll be required to raise funds in addition to your program fee, which will go directly towards World Youth International and our Global Projects Fund, which supports community development projects in Kenya and Nepal.
At the end of your program, you will have the option of participating in a 3-day safari through the infamous Masai Mara reserve.
Watch this video to see the real Africa where life expectancy is 60 years, 7% of Children die before the age of 5, 1 in 55 women die due to pregnancy and birth complications, 5 in 100 babies die before their first birthday, plus much more.
Introducing the new health centre in Odede.