Galmi Hospital, Niger – Medical Coverage Needed June 2019 – December 2019

Galmi hospital has an urgent need for medical coverage for June 2019 through December 2019 for the following specialties – Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics

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 US or Canada, interested in assisting with this urgent need, please contact Elaine Graybeal by email or by phone at 828-278-1605.