Public Health Educator
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Public Health Educators are assigned to communities in or near rural health centers. As a Volunteer, you will form strong collaborative partnerships with community members to provide training on preventative maternal and child health through home visits, the development of health care workers, and the promotion of the use of health facilities.
The Public Health program focuses on the following areas:
1) Improved maternal, neonatal and child health care. This includes training on healthy behaviors during pregnancy, essential newborn care, and family planning and/or birth planning. Volunteers conduct regular home visits to households with pregnant women and mothers with children under the age of two.
2) Improved infant and child nutrition. Volunteers conduct training on breastfeeding and complementary feeding and hygiene. They also provide counseling to mothers and caregivers on essential nutrition actions.
3) Prevention of child mortality through early intervention and treatment of common childhood illnesses and other infectious diseases. Volunteers provide training on recognizing the signs and symptoms of preventable communicable diseases such as malaria, HIV/AIDS, diarrhea, and pneumonia, as well as promoting timely vaccinations for infants.
4) Building the capacity of health service providers in your community. Volunteers mobilize community members to support mother and child health and nutrition.
Peace Corps Guinea promotes gender awareness and girls’ education and empowerment. You will receive training on gender challenges in your country and you will have the opportunity to implement gender-related activities that are contextually appropriate. During your service, you will look for ways to work with community members to promote gender-equitable norms and increase girls’ sense of agency. As part of the initiative, you will also report on these efforts and their impact.
Volunteers will also have the opportunity to pursue secondary projects, based on the needs and resources available in their local community. Cross-sector collaboration with Agroforestry and Education Volunteers is encouraged.
• Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degree in any field
• 5 years work experience
• Experience working in any public health endeavor such as HIV/AIDS outreach, sex education, contraception and family planning, counseling, youth outreach
• Desire to work at the community/rural level to meet the communities’ health needs
• Demonstrated leadership experience or experience in community organizing
• French language proficiency or strong willingness to learn French
Required Language Skills
Additional Language Information
Cell phones work in almost all areas of the country and internet access, while limited, is becoming more common. Three regional offices are equipped with several computers with internet access.
Personal appearance is important to people in Guinea. During pre-service training, the dress code is business casual. Following pre-service training, you will need to dress appropriately for work situations in your community. Dressing appropriately will help you gain respect in your host community, facilitate integration, and increase your credibility and effectiveness. It is advised to take cues from your Guinean colleagues.
Mountain bikes are provided for transport to work sites and for recreation. Almost all work places are within walking distance, so it is NOT required to be able to ride a bike. For long distances, Volunteers rely on public transportation in small passenger vehicles.
Rice or a local grain “fonio” is eaten for most main meals, along with spinach, peanut and/or tomato based sauce with vegetables, meat or fish. Fruits such as mangoes, pineapples, oranges, and limes are available seasonally.
Learn more about the Volunteer experience in Guinea: Get detailed information on culture, communications, housing, and safety — including crime statistics [PDF] — in order to make a well-informed decision about serving.
Medical Considerations in Guinea
- Guinea may not be able to support Volunteers with the following medical conditions: insulin-dependent diabetes; dermatology; some types of gynecologic support; mammography; requiring a psychiatrist for psychotropic medications support; seizures; ongoing counseling.
- The following medication(s) are not permitted for legal or cultural reasons: none identified.
- Volunteers who should avoid the following food(s) may not be able to serve: peanuts.
- After arrival in Guinea, Peace Corps provides and applicants are required to have an annual flu shot, to take daily or weekly medication to prevent malaria, and to receive mandatory immunizations.
Before you apply, please also review Medical Information for Applicants to learn about the clearance process and other health conditions that are difficult to accommodate in Peace Corps service.
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