Learning Disability Nursing student volunteering in Togo
Tue, 26 Nov 2013 14:43:00 GMT
Lauren Sofer, a third year Nursing (Learning Disability) BSc(Hons) student has negotiated with the University of Huddersfield to spend six weeks volunteering with Soins Infirmiers au Togo during 2014.
Togo, a small developing country in the west of Africa, has a very different health care system to that of the UK. Lauren is planning on utilising her skill base, which she has gained in her two years at the University, in supporting a wide range of patients. HIV is a huge health issue in Togo and she is expecting to be involved in supporting patients in clinics and hospitals as well as rural villages.
Lauren recognises that the health resources will be very limited but feels that dealing with this will be an exceptional learning opportunity and help with the slightly different scenario in the UK in regards to the reduction of health budgets. Lauren plans to write a reflective piece on her experiences and share this with other students on her return.
Lauren commented, “I can’t wait to visit Togo and use the knowledge I have learnt here at the University in a real-world setting. I’m also looking forward to sharing my experience and findings with friends and other students when I return home”.