Galmi Hospital, Niger – Medical Coverage Needed

Galmi hospital has an urgent need for medical coverage for dates of May 3-June 3, 2019 and for dates of July 31- Aug. 14, 2019, while two of their physicians are away at a conference.

For May 3-June 3, 2019, The primary need would be for a medical doctor and the second need would be an obstetrically trained physician.

For July 31-Aug. 14, 2019—The primary need would be for an obstetrically trained physician and the second need would be for a medical doctor.

Galmi is a 154 bed hospital, (49) surgical, (59) general medicine/pediatrics, (33) obstetric, (8) ICU, and (5) emergency located in a remote but well-traveled area at the edge of the Sahara Desert. The hospital also has a very busy outpatient department, with 200 to 500 people seen daily. The hospital also offers eye and dental services, nutritional education and HIV/AIDS education and treatment. The long term physician staff consists of (2) general surgeons, one of which is Nigerien (speaks fluent English) and the other an American, (1) OBG from Germany, (1) general medicine physician from Switzerland (currently serving as the interim SIM Switzerland director until March 2015), (2) American family practice physicians and (1) American internal medicine physician (on home assignment for 2014), (1) American pediatrician. 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 will assist in arranging all travel including international flights, in-country travel, visas, permits, and/or medical licensing.

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