HOSPITAL OF HOPE, MANGO, TOGO

Hospital Website: http://www.hohmango.org

Mission Organization: Association of Baptists for World Evangelism (ABWE)

Specialties Needed: GS, OBG, AN, RN, FM, PA FNP, URO, PT, DDS

Profile: Hospital of Hope is located in the northern region of Togo, a country of more than 5 million people. Opening in March 2015, Hospital of Hope is a 60-bed major medical, surgical and acute care facility, and regional trauma center. The bulk of the patients are Togolese, but many come from neighboring Ghana, Burkina Faso, and Benin. Hospital projects to potentially admit 2500-3000 inpatients per year with an average of 20,000 outpatient visits per year. The staff is composed of missionary physicians, physician assistants, nurses, and support staff.

Travel: Volunteers can fly into Lomé, Togo. From Lomé, it is a nine hour drive (transportation provided—see budget worksheet for cost) by missionary vehicle or taxi to the hospital.

Time Difference: +4 hours Daylight Savings Time (EST), U.S.A.; +5 Eastern Standard Time, U.S.A.

Location: Hospital of Hope is located in Mango in the northern region of Togo, a country of over 7 million people in West Africa.

People: 99 percent of the population is represented by 37 tribal groups, with the Ewe, Mina, and Kabre tribes representing the largest of the groups.

Language: Although there are 44 major tribal languages in Togo, French is the official national language used throughout the country. Virtually all official business and teaching is conducted in French. The two primary languages spoken at the hospital are French and English.

Religion: Islam 80 percent, Animism 15 percent, Christian 5 percent

Climate: The weather in Mango is generally hot. Average high temperatures range from the upper 80s to the upper 120s. The rainy season starts in May and ends by October 1st. The dry season lasts from October through April. The very hottest time of the year is March/April when temperatures can climb into the 120s by day and down to the upper 80s at night. December through mid-February is very tolerable as the Harmattan winds blow down from the Sahara, causing a constant dusty haze blocking the sun.

Charting: Doctor’s orders are generally written in English or French. Nursing charting is in French and English. Most Togolese staff will speak some English. Translators are available for patient interaction.

Surgery: There are three fully equipped operating rooms equipped with basic OR equipment and supplies to perform a broad range of surgeries, orthopedic capacity, and one small surgery room for endoscopy, casting, and minor trauma. Surgeries are performed every weekday and emergency cases 24/7.

Anesthesia: Regional, spinal, and general. O2 is available throughout the hospital.

Radiology/Ultrasound: Basic X-ray. Mobile ultrasound machine. No CAT scan.

Lab tests: Comprehensive lab including bactilab.

Common diseases/trauma: All diseases encountered in the United States, plus tropical diseases are seen. Hospital will be the regional trauma center.

For More Information: Contact Elaine Graybeal by email or by phone at (828) 278-1605.