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The personal touch
HIV testing in the local community with the Act4Africa team.

HIV testing in the local community with the Act4Africa team.

Let Act4Africa organise your placement and we’ll ensure you get the best out of your time in Africa. Whether you are a medical student looking for a challenging, yet rewarding medical elective, a student nurse or midwife or a health professional on a career break or retired, we can design a placement to suit your level.

The health sector in Uganda, Tanzania and Malawi is challenged by a number of factors that present significant obstacles to health service delivery, including: critical shortages and unbalanced distribution of qualified health workers at all levels of the public health system; shortages and irregular supply of essential drugs and medical supplies.

Placements are tailor-made to suit your skill, expertise and interest. As an experienced deliverer of health education in Africa over many years, Act4Africa is uniquely placed to understand your requirements.


All start dates and duration are by personal arrangement and negotiable to suit your own medical speciality.

Where can I go?
You have the choice of location in either Jinja resting on the shores of Lake Victoria, or

Jinja Regional Referral Hospital

Jinja Regional Referral Hospital

Kasese in western Uganda – the heart of untamed rural Africa. We also offer placements in the tropical coastal city of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and in the lovely city of Lilongwe, Malawi. See our hospitals.

How much does it cost?
The 2017 fundraising target for up to FOUR weeks is

Uganda: Student nurses, student midwives, health professionals, medical students – £995 (additional weeks @£165/week)

Tanzania: Student nurses, student midwives, health professionals, medical students – £1255 (additional weeks @£195/week)

Malawi: Medical Students only £1595 (additional weeks @£235/week)

Our costs include full orientation briefing, all in country support, accommodation, two meals per day and airport pickups/drop-offs. Please note you are responsible for arranging for your own airfare, insurance, visas and any jabs but we will be pleased to give advice. 

What does Act4Africa offer?
* A guaranteed clinical placement, organised by professional staff in Africa
* Ongoing support from our staff throughout the placement
* Expert advice from our UK team before you go out to Africa
* The knowledge that as well as being a registered charity, all profit goes directly back into our overseas projects and into the heart of the communities on the ground.

To find out more read the blogs written by previous students or read some testimonials here.

If you have any questions, see our Frequently Asked Questions page or email

To apply, download our medical placement application form and have a read through of our booking conditions Act4Africa_Project_Booking_Conditions_July 2013

Act4Africa is part of The Electives Network

Act4Africa is part of The Electives Network

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