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Electives in Kenya for Pharmacy Students

  • Placement location: Nanyuki, Laikipia County
  • Role: Work alongside a trained pharmacist in a hospital or at health centers, and provide assistance to the local community.
  • Requirements: You must be a registered student at a pharmacy school
  • Types of Placement: Hospital or health centers
  • Accommodation: Host families
  • Length of placement: From 2 weeks
  • Start dates: Flexible

Outreach projects in outlying communities are run by volunteers

By doing your Pharmacy School Elective in Kenya, you will gain valuable practical experience working alongside trained professionals, by providing much needed assistance in pharmacies low on resources. In Kenya, pharmacies are often short on staff who receive low pay, work long hours, and have to treat high numbers of patients. These difficult conditions means that hardworking pharmacists struggle to cope with the healthcare demands.

On this project, your time, skills, and compassion, will be of immense support to local medical staff and patients, as you observe and assist in alleviating the challenges faced, and help provide better healthcare services to those who deserve it.

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

Your role on the Pharmacy School Elective in Kenya

The team in Kenya are always excited to welcome aspiring pharmacists to their country, and are eager to introduce new people to their work environments. During your placement, you will shadow an experienced pharmacist who will supervise your work, and depending on your knowledge and skills, will allocate you tasks. You will also go on weekly and monthly outreach projects to outlying communities, where you will interact with locals to gain a deeper understanding of the challenges that are faced. The work you will do includes the following:

  • Preparing medication by reviewing and interpreting instructions from a physician
  • Dispensing medications by compounding, packaging, and labelling pharmaceuticals
  • Maintaining a safe and clean working environment to ensure that procedures, rules, and regulations of the hospital or center are upheld.
  • Providing pharmaceutical information by addressing queries and requests from healthcare professionals
  • Counselling patients on drug therapies
  • Visiting outlying communities on outreach projects to provide basic medical advice and services to locals, and to distribute medicine

The information and knowledge that you provide during your placement will help the Kenyan team improve their service and practice. New ideas are always welcomed, as the team continue to seek better and improved ways of providing healthcare. Your influence will therefore have a lasting impact on the team and project you work with. Not only will you be able to offer valuable work, joining this project is also a great way to grow as a pharmacist and as a person, as you interact with staff and patients from various social, economic, and medical backgrounds.

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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