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CHEEERS: Developing Healthcare Together

Home 4 Foxfield Grove, Raheny, Dublin 5 Dublin Work Phone: +353 87 6522888 Website: https://cheeersvolunteers.wixsite.com/cheeers;%20

Biography

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Mission:         CHEEERS: Developing Healthcare Together works together with local communities to deevlop healthcare services nad to promote education, skills development and capactiy building.

 

CHEEERS stands for:

– Community

– Healthcare

– Empowering

– Education

– Experiences

– Relationships and

– Support

Notes

Intro

CHEEERS: Developing Healthcare Together works together with developing communities to improve healthcare services and to promote education and training of healthcare professionals. We work alongside Kisiizi Hospital staff and the local community to develop a number of healthcare projects and provide further education and training.

Activities

Projects to date have focused on capacity building of staff and projects around nutrition and dietetics, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, pharmacy and accountancy.

 

Duration
2 week projects in country, usually around Easter. Pre-departure training and fundraising is over a 4 month period prior to departure and post project debrief and project handover is within a month after return.

 

Is Irish:

Yes
Non Profit:

Non profit, professional volunteer multidisciplinary sending organsiation

Organisation Type
Registered charity (RCN: 20153335) and non-profit Company Limited By Guarantee (CRO: 591480)

Age Requirements
Over 18 with a recognised medical, health or finance related qualification

Language Requirements

Work through English

Disability Access
The CHEEERS: DHT programme is accessible and open to people with disabilities whose needs can be appropriately catered for within the current resources and capacity of our organisation and that of our partner organisation Kisiizi Hospital in south west Uganda. This is assessed on a case by case basis by the CHEEERS: DHT board of Trustees, management team and the management team of our partner in Uganda.

Getting involved and working voluntarily with our organisation in Ireland is open to all individuals.

Education Requirement
Registered health and social care professional qualification, Medical Doctors, Nurses and also professional healthcare support staff, such as accountants.

Other Requirements
Fit, healthy and successfully complete the CHEEERS: DHT selection process (Application form, interview and meet the required partners criteria)

Application Procedure
Apply directly to organisation. Must complete a formal application and undergo an interview.

Cost
Approx: €1,250 to €1,500 (covers flights, in country transportation costs and food and accommodation).

Benefits
The CHEEERS: DHT programme has benefits and impacts annually for our local partner Kisiizi Hospital in south west Uganda. These range from increasing local staff knowledge in key areas, raising awareness in relation to important public health topics, developing specific health service developments, providing funding for equipment and infrastructure and funding for local staff to pursue further education among other initiatives.

 

The CHEEERS: DHT programme has benefits for our volunteers personally and professionally. Specifically volunteers have highlighted that the programme has benefited their careers and they have developed skills in the areas of communication, team work, leadership, resourcefulness, clinical knowledge and confidence. Finally, volunteers have also cited exposure to international health issues as beneficial and that they have developed ideas for how to improve their own services at home in Ireland from their experience working with CHEEERS: DHT and Kisiizi Hospital.

Work Individually/In Teams
Work in multidisciplinary teams in partnership with local colleagues in Uganda

Code of Practice Compliance Level:
Yes, signatory to Comhlamh’s Code of Good Practice for volunteer sending agencies

Do you promote and disseminate Comhlamh’s Volunteer Charter:
Yes

In Country Support
Yes, available full time

Pre-Programme Training
Yes

Contact with Returned Volunteers
Yes. Contact is maintained via an opt-in mail list and database. Volunteers are also contacted to hand over to the following years volunteers and remain involved and engaged that way. Some past volunteers also support fundraising initiatives, as well. Volunteers are actively encouraged to continue their engagement with Global Health issues and can be linked in with the Chartered Physiotherapists in International Health and Development (CPIHD) special interest group which supports Health and Social care professionals in Ireland with an interest in Global Health.

Location
Irish based charity working in Southwestern Uganda

Countries
Uganda

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