Kibuye Hope Hospital, Burundi – Through January 2018

Kibuye Hope Hospital, Burundi – Kibuye Hope Hospital is located in the central region of Burundi (Gitega Province) approximately 2 ½ hours from Bujumbura. It is a 110 bed facility (30) surgical, (35) maternity, (35) pediatrics, and (10) medicine. Long-term expatriate staff include (1) American general surgeon, (1) American family practice doctor, (1) American Ob/GYN, (1) American med/peds physician, (1) American ophthalmologist, and (1) American emergency medicine physician. There are also (6) Burundian general medical doctors.

The need for more than one GS will continue to be on-going due to the heavy workload for this location.

Climate: Temperatures range from 60-85 degrees. Rainy season is typically January through April and the dry season is June through September. No air conditioning is needed at the elevation of 6000 ft.

Surgery: There are (3) operating rooms. Two are utilized by the surgery and OB/GYN services and the third by the ophthalmology service. The hospital performs over 600 major operations per year, as well as minor surgeries and endoscopies. Operations cover a broad base of basic surgeries, including hernias, intramedullary nails, prostatectomies, bowel resections, VP shunts and ORIF’s of various fractures. There is no in-country pathology, but pathology has been sent outside the country if needed. No laparoscopic surgery is done at this point. Most cases are done on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, with endoscopies on Tuesday and surgery clinic on Thursday.

Laboratory: Limited laboratory tests are available, generally including CBC’s, malaria smears and rapid tests, urinalysis, creatinine, HIV, Hepatitis B/C, LFT’s, blood glucose, type and crossmatch, and sickle prep. No cultures are available.

Radiology: There is (1) fixed digital x-ray machine. There is (1) ultrasound machine in the surgery clinic, (1) in OBG, and (2) in the emergency room. There is no long-term radiologist on staff.

Common Diseases/Trauma: The most common conditions treated at the hospital are traumatic injuries, malaria, URTI/LRTI, gastritis/PUD, hypertension, malnutrition, gastroenteritis with dehydration, TB, meningitis, congestive heart failure, pregnancy-related complications and HIV/AIDS.

Teaching: Kibuye Hope Hospital services as one of two primary teaching hospitals for Hope Africa University medical and nursing schools. Medical students do both clinical rotations and coursework at Kibuye for approximately 4 months per year during each of their 3 clinical years. KHH also trains two surgical interns per year. Volunteer physicians are expected to participate in medical education within their area of expertise.

Requirements: Volunteers are required to serve a minimum of 2 weeks, not including travel. Fluency in French is not required,. Medical missionary experience is required. This is an ongoing need. Visa will need to be acquired before departing for Burundi.

If you are an evangelical Christian GS or OrthoS 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.