Healthcare Medical Project Kenya

This program is designed for people with a medical background, and you will be able to contribute based on your skill level and abilities.

You will participate in a variety of tasks at a local medical center or hospital, assisting those with limited access to affordable and high-quality healthcare. This program will allow you to shadow professionals and gain valuable insights into the healthcare system.


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Program Description

Kenya’s healthcare system is a complex and evolving network that strives to provide its population with accessible and high-quality healthcare services. The system is made up of both public and private healthcare providers, each with their own set of infrastructure and resources.

The unequal distribution of healthcare resources between urban and rural areas is one of the key challenges in Kenya’s healthcare system. Urban areas typically have better-equipped hospitals and a higher concentration of healthcare professionals, whereas rural areas frequently struggle with inadequate infrastructure and limited access to healthcare services.

Furthermore, some residents of the villages would be unable to afford transportation to the hospital. This gives participants the opportunity to volunteer as backpack nurses.  This will entail gaining remote access for patients who are confined to their homes.

As long-distance walking is involved, the backpack nurses will be part of a challenging, enlightening, and adventurous experience. Later, they can relax by swimming in the pool at our hotel.

Through this program, you will not only improve your medical knowledge and skills, but you will also gain a better understanding of the challenges and realities that healthcare providers face in resource-constrained settings. Take advantage of the rewarding experience of working alongside dedicated local staff to improve healthcare access and outcomes in the Kenyan community.

Participants embarking on this program can anticipate engaging in a plethora of activities tailored to their specific skill set and educational background. They will have the opportunity to shadow local doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals responsible for both in-patient and outpatient care. Activities may encompass monitoring patients’ health conditions, observing medical procedures, and disseminating health outreach information within the community.

Contributions from participants in this program can significantly impact the hospital’s operations. Participants can share their unique knowledge and expertise while also donating additional resources or supplies whenever feasible. Such contributions would serve to alleviate financial constraints and ultimately benefit the local community members who rely on the hospital’s services.

Add-on: +Learning

There is no +Learning add-on available for this program.

Aims & Objectives

  • To lend an extra hand in the hospitals, which are mostly understaffed.
  • To share knowledge and experience with the local medical staff.
  • To boost the efforts of the hospital in reaching patients who may be confined at home.


Monday to Friday

You will spend 4-6 hours assisting hospital staff and attending to patients under close supervision by qualified personnel. The day could look like this:

  • Breakfast
  • Assist at local hospital/join backpack nurse
  • Lunch
  • Assist at a local hospital
  • Dinner

This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Starting Dates

During 2023

This program starts every week.

During 2024

This program starts every week.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Minimum age:                18

Maximum age:                65

Minimum English level:        Intermediate

CRB required:                On Signup

Passport copy required:        On Signup

Resume copy required:        No

Required qualification:        None

Additional Requirements

  • You must have an established medical background—studying on a pre-medical track, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, occupational/physical therapy, or working in a relevant field.
  • Additionally, In order to ensure the safety and well-being of all participants in the program, certain measures have been put in place, particularly for specific age groups. Those who are older are required to obtain medical clearance, as this acts as a precautionary measure to ascertain their physical ability to partake in potentially strenuous activities. Similarly, participants who are under 18 years old must have a signed parental consent form, as this guarantees that their parents or guardians are aware of their involvement and approve of their participation. Due to the length and active nature of the program, it is essential for all participants to possess a decent level of fitness, since a significant portion of the activities will take place outdoors under the heat of the sun. By adhering to these requirements, the program organizers can maintain an enjoyable and safe environment for everyone involved.

Additional Equipment

  • Modest clothing – covering the knees and shoulders is required, expect to wear scrubs and/or other appropriate attire for medical staff.
  • Surgical gloves, appropriate closed-toe shoes, scrubs, coats, and masks for yourself.
  • Feel free to bring along material/supplies useful for your placement or to be donated.