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Electives in Ghana for Pharmacy Students

  • Placement location: Cape Coast, Central Region
  • Role: To gain experience from professional pharmacists and support pharmaceutical care services in-country
  • Requirements: You must be studying towards a degree in pharmacy, or related subjects
  • Types of Placement: Teaching hospital
  • Accommodation: Host families
  • Length of placement: From 2 weeks
  • Start dates: Flexible

Get your career in Pharmacy off to an eye-opening start by completing your elective in Ghana with Projects Abroad. On the project you will gain valuable practical experience by working with a professional pharmacy manager at a teaching hospital, as you share your skills and knowledge in communities that are largely underdeveloped and low on resources.

In Ghana, health care is often limited by lack of funding, outdated facilities, and shortage of staff. On your elective, you will contribute directly to improving health care in the community where you are placed, and to a healthier life for those you visit and treat on outreaches.

In order to take part in this project you have to be a Pharmacy School student.

Your role on the Pharmacy School Elective in Ghana

Medicine outreaches are run by volunteers in Ghana

During your placement, you will work alongside a qualified supervisor who will help you become accustomed to your specific pharmaceutical practice. You will observe the daily pharmaceutical care services provided by local medical staff, and assist where required. You will also go on outreach projects into outlying communities to provide basic medical services to small villages often without health care. Some of the tasks you will do include:

  • Completing ward rounds with the pharmacy and medical teams
  • Supervising the outpatient dispensing of medication
  • Providing drug information to patients at a hospital
  • Assisting pharmacists with clinical pharmacy practices
  • Taking part in medical outreach projects, where you will provide local people with medical advice, prescribed medicine, and basic medical services

Your experience in Ghana as a Pharmacy student will be eye opening, as you will be exposed to the health care practices of a developing country. You will be required to test your knowledge and skills in a space unfamiliar to you, and to think on your feet as apply yourself in your work.

The pharmaceutical knowledge you bring to the workspace will benefit staff and patients, and will directly contribute to improving the health care services provided in the communities you interact with. Your influence will therefore leave a lasting impact and will contributing to the sustainability of the Pharmacy Project in Kenya.

Most colleges have deadlines for your Elective application paperwork. If your college needs information on the hospital where you will be placed, or requires forms to be signed by your project supervisor, we strongly advise completing our application form at least one month before this deadline. We can only provide this detailed information once you have applied and been accepted onto an Elective placement with us.

If your college has no set requirements, we still advise that you apply as early as possible.

If you are not a Pharmacy School Elective student or would like to take part in another medical project, please see our Medical Internships page.

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