Bongolo Hospital, Gabon—Anesthesiologist

Bongolo Hospital, Gabon, has an ongoing urgent need for an anesthesiologist. Any amount of service time would be appreciated, but it is preferred that short-term volunteers have at least 19 days, including travel, available for service.

French is the primary language and charting is done in French, but proficiency in French is not required for this role. Interpreters are available, and all PAACS and ophthalmology residents speak English.

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, they fly local commercial airlines or a mission flight (if available) to the town of Mouila and then are driven two hours to Bongolo Hospital.

Bongolo Hospital is a 158-bed hospital located in Labemba, Gabon. There also is 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.

There are three operating rooms with typically two to three surgeries performed simultaneously. Surgeries are scheduled four days per week. Surgeon rounds consist on average of 40-50 patients starting at 8 a.m. The rounds are in English and mirror rounds in teaching hospitals in the United States. Surgeries begin after rounds and continue until 5 p.m. Volunteers need to allow time during procedures for 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.

If you are an evangelical Christian surgeon currently licensed in the United States or Canada and are interested in filling this need, contact Carly Poor by email or by phone at 828-588-1274.