GALMI HOSPITAL, GALMI, NIGER

GALMI_NIGER

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

Mission Organization: Serving in Mission (SIM)

Specialties Needed: GS, ORS, OBG, U, PEDS, FP/IM, OPH, PD SURG, PS, CVS, PD ORS, TS, Oral & Maxillofacial , GE, AN/CRNA, PTH, RAD, OTO, D, NEO,EM, PT, NP, RN, DENTIST.

Profile: Galmi is a 154 bed hospital, (49) surgical, (59) general medicine/pediatrics, (33) obstetric, (8) ICU and (5) emergency located in a remote but well-traveled area at the edge of the Sahara Desert. The occupancy rate varies between 70% and 150% and admissions range from 10-50 per day, depending on the epidemic season. There are between five and ten major surgeries performed daily. The hospital also has a very busy outpatient department, with 200 to 500 people seen daily. The hospital also offers dental services, nutritional education and HIV/AIDS education and treatment. The long term physician staff consists of (2) general surgeons, one of which is Nigerien (speaks fluent English) and the other an American, (1) OB/GYN from Germany, (1) GP with OB specialty from Australia, (4) American family practice physicians and (1) American internal medicine physician. The hospital serves a large part of the population of Niger, as well as those that come from Nigeria, Chad, Algeria, Mali, Benin, and Burkina Faso. A PAACS Surgical Training Program currently operates at Galmi Hospital.

Travel: Volunteers fly by commercial airline into the city of Niamey. The next morning you will be driven or flown to the hospital. About five hours by car, depending on road and weather conditions. There is also a mission flight from Niamey to Galmi. It is recommended that all volunteers take the SIM flight.

Time Difference: +5 hours Daylight Savings Time (EST), U.S.A.; +6 hours Eastern Standard Time, U.S.A.

Location: The hospital is located 500 km east of Niamey in a remote Hausa area at the edge of the Sahara Desert. The village of Galmi is in the southern part of Niger and has a population of 8,000 to 10,000 people. Though situated on the main road that runs east and west across the country, Galmi is still a “bush town.” It consists of a dry landscape with rocks, sand, and scrubby bushes for scenery.

People: Ninety percent of Niger’s citizens live in a narrow grain-producing strip of savanna along the southern border. The local tribes around Galmi include the Hausa, Fulani, Tuareg, and Djerma, with Hausa being the most prominent.

Language: French, but Hausa is the language of most patients.

Religion: About 90-95 percent of the patients at Galmi are Muslim. Islamic beliefs are blended with traditional religious practices handed down from their forefathers. Although people in and around the Galmi village have been traditionally closed to the Gospel, there is some openness to the Christian message. Many are willing to listen due to the credibility and consistent witness of Christian ministries. Despite the tremendous pressure from Islam, the church of Niger has endured and its interest and vision is growing concerning evangelism and church planting.

Climate: The cool season runs from December to February, with temperatures ranging from 55 F-95 F. The two hot seasons are from March to June and October to November, with temperatures ranging from 90 F-110 F. The rainy season is from June to September, with temperatures between 90 F-110 F. It is moderately humid in the rainy season, and the average yearly rainfall is 21.9 inches.

Housing: The housing units range from a single, one-bedroom apartment to houses with three to four bedrooms. These are simply furnished with a bed(s), stove, small refrigerator, minimal furniture, evaporative coolers and flush toilets. Blankets and quilts are available for the cold season.

Food: Volunteers are responsible for preparing their own meals. There is a food co-op open on Wednesdays located on the missionary compound. Fresh fruits and vegetables are available according to season (December to March is the peak season; few are available during the summer months). Many items are available in Niamey, but trips are rarely made due to the distance. There is also a cafeteria on the Galmi compound that serves breakfast and lunch for a small fee.

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

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