Karanda Mission Hospital, Mt. Darwin, Zimbabwe

Karanda Mission Hospital II

Hospital Website: www.karanda.org

Mission Organization: The Evangelical Alliance Mission (TEAM)

Profile: Karanda Mission Hospital is located in Mt. Darwin, Zimbabwe, about 200 km north of Harare. Three American and Canadian physicians and one American physician’s assistant run the hospital. It is a 134 bed hospital that is typically about 90% full.

Travel/Orientation: Fly by commercial air to Harare, Zimbabwe. Stay one or two days at TEAM Guesthouse in Harare for orientation and shopping. Be driven by hospital affiliate to Karanda on day three (hospital is located about 200 KM north of Harare).

Time Difference: +6 hours Daylight Savings Time (EST), U.S.A.; +7 hours Eastern Standard Time, U.S.A.

Language: English and Shona. Ndebele is also spoken, but not required and not be known by many of the nationals in the area around Karanda. Occasionally, a patient from Mozambique will speak Portuguese.

Charting: English

Climate: Mid-November to Mid-April is wet and hot (30-40 degrees Centigrade)–rainy season. Mid-April to Mid-August is cold and dry. Mid-August to Mid-November is hot and dry.

Emergency Services: Termed “Outpatient Department” at Karanda. Functions similar to a casualty/ER.

Physical Therapy: There is one rehabilitation technician at the hospital.

Dentistry: Pulling teeth only.

Community Health Programs: Baby clinics, home-based care, orphan care, goat project for feeding babies with HIV positive mothers, Opportunistic Infection Clinic, community health training and outlying government clinics.

Nursing School: There are currently 65 students enrolled. Nursing students set up and lead programs in local schools.

Radiology: There are fixed and portable X-rays available. There is one X-ray tech. No contrast studies are done at this hospital. Doctors with limited training perform ultrasound, but results have proven fair to very good.

Pathology: FBC, Na, K, BUN, Creatinine, AST, HepB, AFB, CSF, Stools O&P, Stool Occult Blood,  Urinalysis, Pregnancy tests, HIV, CD4, Malaria (rapid and parasite slide), type and cross match, bleeding time, C&S- basic.

Teaching: Teaching opportunities exist at the Nursing School and the Midwifery School. Karanda is affiliated with the University of Zimbabwe and helps to train their surgical residents who rotate for three months at a time to Karanda and also takes their medical students on rotation. Visiting short-term volunteers are expected to teach on rounds and in the classroom, which is equipped with a screen and LCD projector.

Malaria: Prophylaxis is strongly recommended.

For More Information: Contact Becky Richmond via e-mail or by phone at (828) 278-1203.