Chitokoloki Hospital, Zambia

Chitokoloki Mission Hospital, Zambia – Chitokoloki Hospital is a 200 bed hospital that serves a patient population of 150,000 in a large area of northwest Zambia. The hospital facility includes four large wards and three smaller wards, including a 25 bed pediatrics ward and a 25 bed OBG ward. There is also a 25 bed ICU, an Emergency Room, Pharmacy, kitchen and laundry area. Another block of buildings houses three operating theatres, an X-ray department and an eye and dental clinic. There is an on-site outpatient clinic that services up to 400 patients each day, as well as a laboratory, an HIV/AIDS clinic and a 110 bed leprosy/TB colony. The hospital is usually filled to capacity, with extra mattresses on the floor. Arrival to and from this remote location is by Mission Flight from and back to Lusaka, Zambia.

Current hospital staff includes both nationals and ex-pats. Dr. David McAdam, a general surgeon, is the only full-time expat physician at the hospital. Dr. McAdam is proficient in all areas of medical care, including OB and Pediatrics. Charting is done in English.

Diseases/ailments typically seen include malnutrition, malaria, HIV and dengue fever.

Climate: Chitokoloki is south of the equator at an altitude of 3470 feet. June and July are the winter months, with temperatures ranging between 80-42 degrees Fahrenheit. The warmest months are September and October, ranging from low 90’s to low 60’s. The remainder of the year ranges in temperatures from low to mid 80’s during the day to lower 60’s at night. The rainy season is from November to April.

Requirements: Volunteers must serve a minimum of 3 weeks, not including travel time.

If you are an evangelical Christian Dentist currently licensed in the US or Canada and are interested in volunteering to meet this need, please contact Becky Richmond by email or by phone at 828-278-1203.