Volunteer Healthcare Corps
AIHA’s Volunteer Healthcare Corps (VHC) is a distinct yet complementary component of our HIV/AIDS Twinning Center’s institutional partnership program. The VHC recruits highly skilled health and allied professionals for placement at institutions in sub-Saharan Africa as a way to provide long-term technical assistance and mentoring to strengthen human resources for health and improve health service delivery, particularly for people living with HIV.
The VHC currently operates in Ethiopia and South Africa, though we’ve previously placed volunteers in Botswana, Mozambique, and Tanzania.
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The Ethiopian Diaspora Volunteer Program
Alongside its traditional volunteer program, the Twinning Center aims to mobilize Diaspora communities to contribute to HIV/AIDS capacity building efforts through its Diaspora Initiative. This unique approach has the benefit of recruiting highly-skilled professionals with a particular motivation to return to their countries of origin, allowing them to quickly engage in both professional and personal activities while confronting less cultural barriers.
With this program, there is a strong potential for repatriation, contributing to the developing world workforce. The Diaspora program also addresses some of the negative effects of “brain drain” as volunteers are able to transfer knowledge and skills back to their country of origin. This program is currently active in Ethiopia.
The Benefits of Volunteering with Us
AIHA strives to offer safe and rewarding volunteer opportunities that are mutually beneficial to staff who work at the host institution and to our highly skilled and dedicated volunteers. We offer basic benefits to all eligible volunteers that most other organizations do not cover. These include:
- Coach airfare to and from the country of placement
- Vaccinations and prophylactic treatments when recommended
- Visa and work permit
- Travel, accident, and medical evacuation insurance
- Housing that is basic, but clean and safe OR a housing allowance
- A modest stipend based on US government rates per country to cover living expenses
- Pre-assignment orientation and in-country support
Volunteers are expected to live modestly, keeping in mind the standards of the people they serve, yet not in a manner that would endanger their health or safety.
The VHC Experience
In addition to building the capacity of local communities, organizations, and institutions who are working to deliver effective and sustainable solutions to HIV/AIDS and other healthcare challenges in Africa, the VHC program also provides learning opportunities for the volunteer.This booklet highlights the work of a handful of volunteers who have participated in the VHC program and is illustrative of the many other dedicated individuals who have voluntarily contributed their time and skills to the Twinning Center’s efforts to combat the global HIV/AIDS pandemic. Read More
VHC volunteer Dr. Aelaf Worku shares information about his volunteer placement at Debre Berhan Referral Hospital in Ethiopia.