Our Villages Medical Visits program is unique in that it draws in energetic volunteers who are looking to make a difference in the lives of Villagers with no access to health care and allows them to serve as a valuable and important help to the people who doesn’t have a means to health care!
Strengths of our Villages Medical Visits program revolve around providing meaningful experiences for volunteers in supporting clients’ health needs and goals. By serving as an extra set of eyes and ears in the homes of the villagers, volunteers play a key role in supporting these desperate people.
The integration of a local dispensaries and Doctors within our volunteer program is a key element to success as this element ensures that there is a local proffesional say in the development and implementation of the volunteer program. This integration also meant that more efficient and immediate course-corrections could be made in training and implementation where required.
In all our volunteer program taking care of the villagers of this nature to have local Nurses and Doctors as an essential element. Another strength of the volunteer program was the flexibility built into the training model itself to understand the local environment. For example, cultural differences emerged as a critical issue related to home visits. After identifying this learning gap for our volunteers, a training module to address these concerns was created.
There are financial costs of running a volunteer program need to be considered and balanced against potential cost-savings involved sharing Houses for our Volunteers as well as food. Although there have been demonstrated cost-savings using volunteers in health care, volunteers require adequate training on key program areas including client privacy and confidentiality, health and safety, and any responsibilities they are tasked with.
Our volunteer program provides a rewarding experience for volunteers, through meaningful contributions to the care of Villagers. It is a unique program that weaves together and connects community resources and organizations, and volunteers to the client in their home to support their health risk and improve their lives!
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