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Public Health in Jamaica

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  • Placement location: Mandeville
  • Types of placements: Hospitals, community health centres, infirmaries, residential care facilities for the elderly and disabled, and community outreaches
  • Accommodation: Host Families
  • Age Requirements: 15-18 years old
  • Arrival Airport: Kingston (KIN) or Montego Bay (MBJ)
  • Local Languages: English & Patois

The majority of our Public Health interns find that the facilities in Jamaica are of a good standard. In fact, Jamaica was one of the first countries to establish a national health service. However, on this Public Health project based in Mandeville, Jamaica, you are likely to encounter many conditions that are less common than in North America and Europe.

Your main role on this Public Health project is to raise awareness of non-communicable diseases, improve access to basic health care for disadvantaged groups, and improve the quality of health care provided to patients. You will spend your project time reaching out to patients at a number of facilities, such as hospitals, centres for the elderly and disabled, and general community outreach work.

A medical volunteer conducts a blood pressure check for a woman at a community outreach

You will also get the chance to attend workshops facilitated by qualified health care professionals, where you will be certified in First Aid training, and use your skills during several community outreach activities including health fairs. You will also have the opportunity to tour the regional hospital in Mandeville.

Along with your fellow volunteers, you will also be a part of a workshop and community health clinic during your two weeks in Jamaica. The workshop involves presentations and training in basic procedures such as measuring height and weight, blood pressure and sugar checks, taking vital signs, and first aid responses. The community health clinic will allow you to assist health care professionals with health education, screening, testing, and routine checks of patients in areas of the local community where health care may not be readily accessible. This practical engagement will allow you to use the skills you develop during your workshop and training sessions.

As a Public Health intern, you will gain a great deal of valuable medical experience alongside some of the most skilled and inspirational healthcare professionals in the country. You will also get to experience Jamaican hospitality living with a local host family.

Over the weekend you will go on a trip with the other interns and Projects Abroad staff to one of the island's famous beaches or caves. This will be coupled with a rich immersion into the music, dance, food, and other cultural aspects for which Jamaica is known.

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