Mukinge Hospital, Zambia

Mukinge Hospital, Zambia : Mukinge Hospital is a 200-bed referral facility that currently services 100,000 people in the Kasempa and Mufumbwe districts in the Northwestern Province. The hospital has seven inpatient wards, including an adult medical ward (male and female), an adult surgical ward (male & female), a pediatric surgical ward, a maternity ward (1,300 – 1,400 deliveries per year), a pediatric ward, an eye ward and a malnutrition ward. There is a busy outpatient department with 160 – 180 patients seen daily. The outpatient department includes general care clinics, as well as clinics for well child care, antenatal care, family planning, tuberculosis, nutrition, surgery, ophthalmology, ART and STD’s. There is a physical therapy department offering whirlpool, plaster casting, rehabilitation, prosthesis and leprosy follow-up. There is a pharmacy with basic drug supplies. Community services include family planning, antenatal care, well child care, leprosy, nutrition, ophthalmology care, and HIV/AIDS. The hospital has a full-time community-based AIDS team as well as a mobile and in-house eye program. Average hospital occupancy rate is 95%. Hospital staff includes (2) Zambian general practice physicians, (1) expatriate general surgeon and (2) expatriate family practice physicians, (4) national staff in physiotherapy, (2) national staff in radiology and (5) national staff in the laboratory.

Charting: English. Translators available for patient interaction.

Surgery: There are (2) operating rooms equipped with a reasonable range of instruments for general, orthopedic, and eye surgery (including an operating microscope). Equipment and supplies include an autoclave, laryngoscope, endotracheal tubes, suction and cautery. Not a good set up for cystoscopy or gastroscopy and no laproscopic gear.

Requirements: Volunteers are required to serve a minimum of 4 weeks, including travel.  This is an ongoing need.

If you are an evangelical Christian general surgeon 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.