Could you volunteer and use your skills to make a difference around the world?

The Margaret Pyke Trust is looking for clinicians who are interested in donating their time and skills to projects that improve sexual and reproductive healthcare around the world. Could the next volunteer be you?

In the last year they have placed five volunteers in developing countries (read about their first volunteer here), who have provided sexual and reproductive health training. But not all volunteers are required to travel overseas, their most recent volunteer has been helping out by providing expert input on community education materials being used at one of the Margaret Pyke Trust’s South African project sites.

Over the coming months they hope to be able to place additional volunteers in both East Africa and India. In the meantime, however, they are looking for help closer to home.

The UK based short-term placement

The Margaret Pyke Trust works with Medical Aid Films, a UK based charity that uses innovative media to transform the health and wellbeing of women and children around the world. They do this by bringing together health experts with film makers to create engaging, accessible films – empowering health workers and communities with vital knowledge and skills about women’s and child health. 

Medical Aid Films are in the process of making a five minute educational piece for young adults in East Africa, to provide an overview of information on STIs and HIV, what to look for, how to practice safe sex and relationships, testing and treatment options, and a call to action of speaking with a health worker and getting tested if concerned, and sharing the information with peers.

Who they are looking for

They are looking for a volunteer who would be able to review the script and edits of the film to check for medical accuracy with particular HIV and STI expertise. They anticipate that this should not take more than a few hours’ work and can all be done remotely, so it doesn’t matter where you are based.
Medical Aid Films are looking to produce the film by the end of June and so if any volunteers could let them know if they would be prepared to assist, they would be very grateful.

Closing date

If you could respond by email as to your interest and suitability for this particular task by the close of business on Wednesday 12 April, they will share the information on potential volunteers with Medical Aid Films and aim to introduce the successful applicant to them by the end of next week.

Are you a potential future volunteer?

If you would be interested in learning more about potential future volunteering placements in both the UK and overseas, please email Kat Lloyd with a bit of information about yourself and the kind of placement you would like to be considered for.