Bongolo Hospital, Gabon

Bongolo Hospital, Gabon has an ongoing urgent need of General Surgical coverage for the year of 2017 as their GS is leaving.

Fluency in French is preferred but not required.  The surgeon would be working with 4-6 African  English speaking surgery residents and would also attend conference 3 times a week with them.

Bongolo Hospital is a 158 bed hospital located in Labemba, Gabon. There is also an HIV/AIDS treatment center and a busy outpatient department which sees an average of 500 patients per week. Bongolo is family friendly with a mix of national and expatriate staff. It presently serves one third of the country’s population. It is preferred that short term volunteers have at least 19 days, including travel, available for service. The individual volunteer is responsible for the costs associated with the trip. World Medical Mission personnel will provide assistance in arranging all travel including international flights, in-country travel, visas, permits and/or medical licensing.

Volunteers fly into the capital city of Libreville. The following day fly local commercial airlines or mission flight (if available) to town of Mouila and then driven two hours to Bongolo Hospital.

There are (3) operating rooms with typically 2 to 3 surgeries performed simultaneously. Surgeries are scheduled four days per week. Surgeons round on average of 40 – 50 patients at 8:00 am. The rounds are in English and mirror rounds in teaching hospitals in the United States. Surgeries begin after rounds and continue until 5:00 pm. Volunteers need to slow down in procedures to allow residents to watch or assist. No scrub nurses are available. Adequate plates, screws and instruments are available for orthopedics but there is no fluoroscopy. Bongolo has an urgent need for a variety of operating room equipment as well as radiology equipment. Talk with your World Medical Mission contact if you would like to see a list of this equipment.

French is the primary language and charting is done in French. Interpreters are available. All PAACS and ophthalmology residents speak English.

If you are an Evangelical Christian Surgeon currently licensed in the United States or Canada and are interested in filling this need, contact Elaine Graybeal by email or by phone at 828/278/1605.