Mukinge Hospital

Kasempa, Zambia

Hospital Website
Mission Organization
SIM (Serving in Mission)
Minimum Time Requirement
The hospital asks that volunteers serve for a minimum of three weeks.

Mukinge Hospital was founded by Dr. Bob Foster in the early 1950s in the Northwestern Province of Zambia. It is a 200-bed referral facility that currently services 100,000 people in the Kasempa and Mufumbwe districts in the Northwestern Province. The hospital has seven inpatient wards, including general medical/surgical (male and female), maternity (1,300–1,400 deliveries per year), pediatrics, isolation, TB, and malnutrition.

There is a busy outpatient department with 160–180 patients seen daily. The outpatient department includes general care clinics, as well as clinics for well child care, antenatal care, family planning, tuberculosis, nutrition, surgery, ophthalmology, and STD's. There is a physical therapy department offering whirlpool, plaster casting, rehabilitation, prosthesis, and leprosy follow-up. There is a pharmacy with basic drug supplies.

Community services include family planning, antenatal care, well child care, leprosy, nutrition, ophthalmology care, and HIV/AIDS. The hospital has a full-time community-based AIDS team as well as a mobile and in-house eye program. Average hospital occupancy rate is 95 percent. Hospital staff includes two Zambian general practice physicians and an expatriate general surgeon.

Volunteers fly via commercial airline into the capital city of Lusaka. From the capital city it is a two hour mission flight to Mukinge.
Time Difference
+6 hours daylight saving time, +7 hours Eastern Standard Time
English, although many patients speak only the local African dialect.
The cool and dry season is from May to July. The weather is sunny, cool, and dry, with the nighttime temperatures between 30F–40F and days in between 60F–70F. The hot and dry season is from August to November. The weather is sunny and dry, with the temperatures rising to 90F. It begins to get humid in November. The rainy season is from December to April. The weather is sunny, warm, and wet. It usually rains every day, with the high temperatures reaching 80F.
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