Galmi Hospital—Orthopedic Surgeons

Galmi Hospital, located in Niger, has an urgent need for orthopaedic surgeons. A minimum commitment of two weeks plus travel time is required.

Galmi is a 184-bed hospital, including surgical, general medicine/pediatrics, obstetric, ICU, and emergency, located in a remote but well-traveled area at the edge of the Sahara Desert. Galmi Hospital has inpatient medical, obstetric, and surgical services and runs a PAACS Surgical Training Program. The hospital also has a very busy outpatient department, with 200 to 500 people seen daily. The hospital offers eye and dental services, nutritional education, and HIV/AIDS education and treatment. The hospital serves a large part of the population of Niger, as well as those that come from Nigeria, Chad, Algeria, Mali, Benin, and Burkina Faso.

Climate: December to March temperatures range from 55°-95°F. The hottest months are April, May, and October with temperatures ranging from 90°-110°F (often higher in April and May). The rainy season is June to September, with temperatures between 80°-100°F. It is moderately humid during the rainy season. Homes at Galmi have evaporative coolers or air conditioning.

Language: French, but Hausa is the language of most patients. English is used in the OR.

Religion: About 90-95% of the patients at Galmi are Muslim. Islamic beliefs are blended with traditional religious practices.

Charting: English or French. Translators are available for patient interaction.

The individual volunteer is responsible for all costs of the trip. World Medical Mission (WMM) volunteers are self-funded or raise financial support to cover all expenses associated with their trip. World Medical Mission will assist in arranging all travel, including international flights, in-country travel, visas, permits, and/or medical licensing.

If you are a Christian physician specializing in orthopaedic surgery, currently licensed in the U.S. or Canada, and are interested in meeting this urgent need, please contact Kandi Burgess by email or by phone at 828-278-1575.