My name is Thobe Mthethwa and in November this year I hope to volunteer in Rwanda. I am passionate about helping people in need and hence my choice of career in healthcare. I have learnt a lot in my career and have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to work in areas with the most advanced healthcare systems and technology, and now I hope to use the skills I have developed to assist in areas in need of more trained healthcare professionals.
In Rwanda 60% of the people live below the poverty line, Rwanda struggles economically and it is currently the most densely populated country in Africa. The 1994 genocide in Rwanda destroyed much of the socio-economic fabric of the country as well as healthcare infrastructure. The healthcare system is still suffering. Although the healthcare of the Rwandan population has been reported to have improved significantly in the last few years, it remains insufficient. Training health workers to advanced levels has taken time and has not been rapid enough to meet the needs of the Rwandan population.
With the global volunteer network I will be working alongside local Rwandan nurses and doctors to provide health care. I will either be based in the capital city Kigali or in the rural area lake side town of Gisenyi,Rubavu district which is in the western province near the border of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Some activities I will be involved in include patient consultation, general nursing, family planning and nutrition education. I will also be potentially allocated to assist in the HIV/AIDs departments with ARV distribution education and counselling and assisting with home based care. The overall goal is to offer Rwandans the same opportunities as their peers around the world so they can advance towards a better future.
This programme is completely voluntary and I will be paying for all my expenses including airfares, vaccinations, visas and living expenses, Any financial donation will assist me tremendously. The program fees are US$1997, I am employed but I will struggle to come up with the funds by 1st of September when payment is due. It will wonderful to get donations totalling the full amount but will be very happy with a small fraction , every little bit helps. Should I be fortunate to get donations in excess of my pragramme fees I will donate the excess to the Global volunter network.
I thank you in advance for your support and generosity.