Engineering World Health – EWH, an organization established in the United States of America caters fresh engineers in different disciplines from various countries to developing countries to work as volunteers thereby gaining practical experience of working actually in the field.
Engineering World Health – EWH used to send young engineers in the past also but due to the pandemic caused by Covid, it was paused then but now that there is almost no threat of Covid, this joint venture can be resumed and continued.
In connection with same, 13 young Bio-medical and Mechanical engineers from the USA, Germany, Denmark and Spain came to Nepal under a contract in between Voluntary Society Nepal – VSN and Engineering World Heath on the 3rd of July 2022. They underwent an initial orientation together with basic Nepali language training provided by Voluntary Society Nepal – VSN for 4 days. Then they have been placed in different district hospitals. Some of them have been assigned in Community Health Post in Okhaldhunga district whereas some in Nuwakot District Hospital. Similarly, some of them have been placed in District Hospital in Dhading district and others have been sent to Damauli Hospital and Hetauda Hospital. Their main task is to inspect the equipment that are lying out of order and not functioning and to make it functional as far as possible
Volunteer Society Nepal has three different types of health placements for volunteers in Nepal:
If you are studying to become a medical professional then this is the placement for you. Volunteers on this program will have the opportunity to carry out basic health checks in clinics, observe Nepali doctors in hospitals, and practice in your elected field. For most of this placement, you will shadow Nepali doctors, who will have good spoken English. On this placement, you may also get the chance to run/take part in VSN’s own health camp, which moves between needy communities offering basic medical care.
If you are a qualified medical professional then you have the opportunity to work in hospitals, medical clinics and health camps. Please note that working as a medical professional/ student in Nepal may be very different to your experiences in your home country. Medicine names and practices may differ here and volunteers have to adapt to these changes. Although Volunteer Society Nepal – VSN provides the service of an interpreter where necessary, communication can sometimes limit the actions of our volunteers. This said, volunteers often relate that these factors enhance their experience in Nepal, forcing them to learn quickly on the job.
These placements are available for those who have a desire to work in the medical profession, but are not yet qualified or studying medicine. As a volunteer on this placement, you will be given the opportunity to observe doctors in clinics and run your own health awareness programs in schools, women’s groups, disability centres and other community organizations. These awareness groups will provide local communities with sanitation knowledge and first aid training.