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Rural Healthcare and HIV/Aids Awareness

Faculty-LedFaculty-Led | Health Science South Africa

Module Overview

The Rural Healthcare & HIV/AIDS Awareness program provides vital medical and healthcare assistance in a rural Zulu village of South Africa. St Lucia is a tropical coastal town set in one of the most naturally beautiful and wild regions in South Africa, but it also has one of the highest rates of HIV/AIDS. The lack of resources and skilled medical staff has resulted in a desperate need for dedicated medical volunteers.

Many of the families in the remote villages are living in poverty, with scarce resources for food, limited access to water and no means of accessing the nearest clinics. The clinics are extremely overcrowded and underdeveloped, so access to a doctor can be a very time-consuming process, which highlights the need for alternative healthcare options.

Students will be part of successful and on-going treatment programs that have helped many villagers recover from illnesses and disease.

Students will have the opportunity to:

  • Assist in under resourced local clinics, supporting doctors and nurses in their work
  • Visit ill patients in their rural village homes, assessing their condition and administering basic treatments to help them on their road to recovery
  • Help organize HIV/AIDS education classes, workshops and support groups
  • Be part of highly successful nutrition and physiotherapy programs

Additional opportunities include:

  • Family Relief Assistance Program: help struggling families in need
  •  Home assistance: be a helping hand to an injured or elderly patient

Location

This module is based in St Lucia, on the rural northern coast of South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province. Students will be working in rural communities in and around St Lucia.

Educational Outcomes

  • Give participants insight into the health delivery system in South Africa.
  • Allow students to explore and compare the healthcare needs and practices in the South African context with those of their own country/ community.
  • Provide a platform for students to have hands-on experience outside of their usual environment.
  • Engage participants in conversations and discussions that will help them to critically think through key public health principles and their application.

Module Length

The minimum duration for this module is 14 days. The maximum length is 21 days (longer modules may incorporate additional study locations).

Meet the Lecturer

Valerie Bruce

Valerie Bruce is the Project Manager for African Impact, the volunteer arm of EDU Africa. Valerie oversees the smooth running and development of volunteer projects in St Lucia. African Impact has been working to combat poverty and HIV/AIDS-related issues in the rural villages of St Lucia since 2007.

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