This page provides information about non-RCOG international projects in women's health.
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Uganda Maternal and Newborn Hub
The Uganda Maternal and Newborn Hub has opportunities for volunteers from many medical and non-medical backgrounds. Share your skills and expertise and help strengthen local healthcare systems.
Please note: These are not RCOG-sponsored projects. They are projects we have been made aware of but have no direct involvement in. Anyone interested to apply should assure themselves of the quality, outcomes and health and safety issues related to any projects on this page.
Maternal and Childhealth Advocacy International (MCAI) is a UK (Scottish) registered charity working in a number of very low resource settings to improve care provided to pregnant women, their babies and children who support local health systems at many levels from providing buildings and equipment to specialist advocacy at a national level. They undertake training, and have an international programme of short courses in Emergency Life Saving Skills accredited by the Advanced Life Support Group (ALSG).
For more information visit the MCAI website.
To meet the need for in-country postgraduate training in Gambia, MCAI have developed a competency based Diploma in Advanced Obstetrics. Both doctors and senior midwives receive apprentice-style training to a defined curriculum. The programme has been piloted in Liberia where the senior midwife trainees have continued to provide access to comprehensive emergency obstetric care, including the daily performance of caesarean section and other life-saving surgery throughout the Ebola epidemic.
Find out about volunteer opportunities with MCAI in Gambia.
MCAI has trained eight nurse midwives, to undertake obstetric emergency surgery by a system of overlapping placements of experienced UK obstetricians. Their goal is to provide an effective comprehensive Emergency Obstetric Care service (EmOC) to rural areas of Bong County in Liberia. The project is based in two hospitals in Bong County which are equipped for obstetric care; CB Dunbar and Phebe.
Find out more about MCAI’s project in Liberia.
PHASE Worldwide (Practical Help Achieving Self-Empowerment) specialises in improving health, education and livelihood opportunities for disadvantaged populations in very remote and resource poor Himalayan mountain villages in Nepal.
Find out more about PHASE Worldwide’s project in Nepal.
Medecins Sans Frontierers (MSF) - Doctors Without Borders
MSF is seeking obstetricians and gynaecologists. Primary care physicians undertake a combination of curative care and teaching/administrative duties, with the balance varying according to the project.
Curative care generally takes place in clinic settings and to some degree in field hospitals or existing hospitals. Teaching and administrative responsibilities include supervising and training local medical staff, planning medical programmes, pharmacy management and medical supplies and reporting on medical activities.
Find out more about MSF and their opportunities
Edna Adan Hospital, Somaliland
The Edna Adan Hospital is seeking experienced senior consultants, preferably retired, to travel to Somaliland and support the training of medical students.
This is an ongoing placement; start and finish dates would need to be agreed directly with the hospital.
The experts required need to be highly experienced in delivering medical education.
Find out more about this opportunity