Hôpital Baptiste Biblique (HBB)/Karolyn Kempton Memorial Christian Hospital, Togo – Urgent Need for GS Volunteers

Hôpital Baptiste Biblique (HBB)/Karolyn Kempton Memorial Christian Hospital has an urgent need for surgical coverage beginning June 1, 2019, forward. HBB will accept for a minimum two-week commitment, which includes travel. 

Located in Togo, Hopital Baptiste Biblique (HBB) is a 50-bed hospital that opened in 1985. There are 8-10 bed male and female wards, an 8-10 bed pediatric ward, a 4-bed ICU, an infection ward, and an 8-10 bed maternity with a 4-bed delivery area. There are a few isolation and private rooms, a triage area, and a busy outpatient clinic with an average of 18,000 outpatient clinic visits per year.

KKMCH is in southwest Togo, just north of Kpalimé. The hospital is located on 32 beautiful acres at the foot of the Danyi Plateau between two large urban areas. Lush and green, the site abounds with trees, flowers, and vegetation. It is a major medical, surgical, and acute-care facility that serves approximately half a million people. The bulk of the patients are Togolese, but many come from neighboring Ghana, Burkina Faso, and Benin.

Hospital staff includes two U.S. boarded American family practice physicians, one U.S. boarded American pediatrician, one U.S. boarded American General Surgeon, and Togolese PA anesthetists equivalent of CRNAs, as well as missionary trained nurses and other support staff. Annually, HBB provides care to over 2,200 inpatients, including around 1,600 surgical cases. HBB averages 600-700 deliveries per year with about 40% of those being C-sections. There are weekly evangelistic mobile medical clinics and an active community health evangelism program. The hospital also conducts immunization and pre-natal clinics and has an HIV support team.

Climate: The weather in Adéta is generally hot and humid. Average high temperatures range from the upper 80s to the upper 90s. There are two rainy seasons, one from late March through July and the second from September through November. In December and January, the Harmattan winds blow down from the Sahara, causing a constant dusty haze.

Language: Although there are 44 tribal languages in Togo, the two national languages are Ewe and Kabyé, with French being the official national language used throughout the country. Virtually all official business and teaching is conducted in French.

Charting: Doctor’s orders are generally written in English. Nursing charting in French and English. Most staff speak English. Translators available for patient interaction.

Surgery: There are two operating rooms equipped with basic OR equipment and supplies to perform a broad range of surgeries. There is an equipment sterilizer machine. No laparoscopy or fluoroscopy. No ventilators except for generals for surgery. Limited orthopedic capacity including sign nail capability. There is a hip fracture table. There are upper and lower endoscopes. Surgeries are performed every weekday except Wednesday and emergency cases 24/7. Average of 4 surgeries performed per day.

Anesthesia: Local, spinal, ketamine, and general. Wall-mounted oxygen.

Radiology/Ultrasound: Basic X-ray, mobile ultrasound, and no CAT scan

The volunteer is responsible for all costs associated with the trip. World Medical Mission (WMM) volunteers are self-funded or raise financial support to cover all expenses associated with their trip.

If you are a Christian general surgeon currently licensed in the U.S. or Canada and would be interested in volunteering to assist with this need, please contact Kandi Burgess by email or by phone at 828-278-1575.