Bongolo Hospital, Gabon – General Surgeon

Bongolo Hospital, Gabon has an ongoing urgent need of General Surgical coverage for the month of July or mid-September through mid-October, 2018.  Any time period of 1-4 weeks is needed so the current GS can go on home leave for 4 weeks.  You would work alongside Dr. Anatole, a Congolese surgeon and would work with, and teach, African surgery residents.  No French required.  Teaching is done in English.

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.

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 Becky Richmond by email or by phone at 828-278-1203.