KAROLYN KEMPTON MEMORIAL CHRISTIAN HOSPITAL, TOGO

Hospital Website: http://www.abwe.org

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

Specialties Needed: OBG, GS, EM, PD SURG, ORS, OPH, AN, U, PD, IM/FP, OTO, PD CARD

Profile: Hopital Baptiste Biblique (HBB) or Karolyn Kempton Memorial Christian Hospital (KKMCH) is a 40-bed hospital opened in 1985. There are male and female wards, a pediatric ward, an ICU and infection ward as well as a new 8-10 bed maternity ward with a four bed delivery area which opened in 2009. There are a few isolation and private rooms, a triage area and a busy outpatient clinic with an average of 18,000 outpatient clinic visits per year. KKMCH is in southwest Togo, just north of Kpalimé. The hospital is located on 32 beautiful acres at the foot of the Danyi Plateau between two large urban areas. Lush and green, the site abounds with trees, flowers, and vegetation. It is a major medical, surgical, and acute-care facility that serves approximately half a million people. The bulk of the patients are Togolese, but many come from neighboring Ghana, Burkina Faso, and Benin. Hospital staff includes (1) U.S. boarded American family practice physicians, (1) U.S. boarded American pediatrician and (2) Togolese equivalent of CRNAs as well as a host of national physician assistants, nurses, and other support staff. There is also an American physician assistant serving at HBB from 2010–2012. With no long term general surgeon, KKMCH relies on short term physician volunteers to meet their surgical needs. Annually, KKMCH provides care to over 2,200 inpatients, including around 1,500 surgical cases. HBB averages 600 deliveries per year. The hospital also conducts immunization and pre-natal clinics.

Travel: Volunteers can fly into Lomé, Togo, or Accra, Ghana. From Lomé, it is a 2½ hour drive on a paved road to the hospital. From Accra, it is a five-hour drive across the border to the hospital.

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

Location: Togo is a long, narrow country located in West Africa between Ghana and Benin. At just under 22,000 square miles, it is slightly smaller than the state of West Virginia. KKMCH is in southwest Togo, just north of Kpalimé.

People: Togo is one of the most densely populated areas of Africa with more than 7 million inhabitants. There are 37 different tribes and ethnic groups, but the largest is the Ewe (pronounced ay-vay). The population is relatively young with 70 percent being under 30 years of age. The city of Lomé is home to more than 1.5 million inhabitants.

Language: Although there are 44 tribal languages in Togo, the two national languages are Ewe and Kabyé, with French being the official national language used throughout the country. Virtually all official business and teaching is conducted in French

Religion: Christian (45%), Ethinc (37%), Isalm (18%)

Climate: The weather in Adéta is generally hot and humid. Average high temperatures range from the upper 80s to the upper 90s. There are two rainy seasons, one from late March through July, and the second between September and November. In December and January, the harmattan winds blow down from the Sahara, causing a constant dusty haze.

Housing: Most volunteers will stay in the guesthouse on the compound. It has five large units, each with its own bath, and one with a sitting room. Two of the rooms have a lockable common door so large families can share the rooms. There are also homes available to those serving for several months.

Food: The guesthouse provides meals for volunteers at a reasonable cost. The water on the hospital compound is filtered and there are additional filters at the guesthouse.

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

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