Medical Electives

Thank you for your interest in Act4Africa’s Medical Elective Programme. Unfortunately, due to the lockdown in Uganda, we are unable to take any bookings for our programme at the present time. We are monitoring the situation in Uganda closely and will restart the programme when we are able to. In the meantime, we hope you will find the information below useful. You can still register your interest here to receive more information about out programme once we are able to resume.

Experience of a lifetime

Act4Africa has provided student doctors and nurses with the opportunity to work in busy East African hospitals for many years, enhancing their training and creating life-changing experiences and memories. 

Logistical arrangements are tailor-made and start dates up to you. Opportunities for students include: 

  • The chance to experience medicine in a developing country, and to learn more about how African culture impacts on care            
  • Witnessing medical conditions not regularly seen in the UK                 
  • Gathering hands-on experience of managing large numbers of patients 
  • Supporting our team at Kathy’s Centre    

what makes us special


Placements are arranged to suit your medical interests and specialisms


Booking your placement with us will make a real impact on people’s lives in some of the poorest areas of Africa

Expert Knowledge

We have been delivering health education in Africa for many years, offering an experience Western medicine cannot


Logistical arrangements are tailored-made and start dates up to you

Peace of Mind

Full orientation and expert advice from our UK team before you go

Track Record

Our staff have been arranging medical electives in Africa for over 10 years and have considerable experience in the country’s low-resource health system

Leisure Travel

White-water rafting, quad and mountain biking, kayaking, and horse riding are all available in beautiful natural settings. Further afield there are also opportunities for safari



Our Ugandan team will support you throughout your placement and introduce you to the hospital

Non-Profit Making

You can fundraise to cover the cost of your placement. The money you raise over and above expenses goes back into the community 

Kathy's Centre

There are many opportunities for you to get involved at our central hub in Mayuge, where we provide pre-school education, enterprise training for women and girls, HIV testing and counselling, and a model farm

value for money

Our fees include:

  • Hospital fees
  • Accommodation including breakfast and evening meal
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Full orientation before departure
  • In-country support 
  • Donation to the work of Act4Africa

Our students work at Jinja Regional Referral Hospital, which serves eight surrounding districts and post-graduate training. Departments include Emergency/Trauma Medicine, General Medicine, (Intensive Care), Obstetrics & Gynaecology, General Surgery, HIV/AIDs, Infectious Diseases, Acute – Internal Medicine, Paediatrics, Public Health, Dental, Opticians, Orthopaedic Surgery, and Psychiatry

What previous participants say about it

Alex, University of Warwick, 2019

Jinja Regional Referral Hospital​

It was probably one of the best experiences of my life and I came out the other end far more confident and skilled than I was when I started. I pushed myself quite far and gained a lot, however there is no expectation and you can take out as much as you want from the experience. The more you put in, the greater your integration into the team, and you will emerge satisfied that you have made a genuine difference to people’s lives’

Alice N, University of Birmingham, 2019

Jinja Regional Referral Hospital

‘It was an unforgettable experience…there is so much to do in the town and opportunities to organise safaris… [the family I stayed with] are exceptional, I was made to feel so welcome in her home and she made sure I had everything that I needed. The food was delicious, and it was great that we could experience traditional African dishes.’

Michael, University of East Anglia, 2018

Jinja Regional Referral Hospital

‘I was exposed to many conditions that I would not normally come across in the UK. For example, Malaria, TB and HIV. This allowed me to gain more insight into how these conditions are managed and I feel much more confident in my knowledge of tropical medicine now. As well as this I got to experience emergency situations that I may not have seen in the UK.’

Grace and Eleanor, Sheffield University, 2015

Jinja Regional Referral Hospital

“This elective with Act4Africa has been the best experience of our lives. We could not have asked for more.”

support our work

We really appreciate your support for Act4Africa. Without your help, it wouldn’t be possible to continue our work in tackling gender inequality, changing lives and giving hope to women and girls in Africa.