Myungsung Christian Medical Center, Ethiopia—Microbiology Technicians

Myungsung Medical College, a fully functioning Christian Medical College in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, is in need of Microbiology technicians to oversee—perhaps sequentially for one-month intervals—the start-up and quality assurance of our recently trained technician in our fully furnished micro lab. The lab is equipped with a Bactec 3D and a Viatek machine, but we expect initially to use classical (“old-school”) techniques along with the Bactec 3D, but not using the Viatek, due to reagent costs in Ethiopia for Viatek.

The lab is a medical college requirement for teaching purposes and was designed to serve our sister facility, Myungsung Christian Medical Center. Lab activities will begin with cultures of blood, wound and urine, in addition to stool for O&P, and AFB. Some teaching of medical students during certain times of the year is also possible. In the future PCR will be added. Urgent need to oversee final training and to provide QA oversight regarding handling specimens, plating, reading, preparing reports, etc.

Full room & board provided for trained volunteers. Live in a safe, comfortable and lovely climate (eg, malaria-free) 15 minute drive from international airport, with non-stop flights from Washington, DC, and direct flights from other major cities in the U.S. and Canada.

Come help us to train a new generation of competent, compassionate, ethical servant-leader physicians for over 100 million Ethiopians and serve at the highest rated hospital in Ethiopia.

MCM is located in the eastern part of Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia. It is a 161-bed facility, including (40) surgical, (25) medical, (20) pediatrics, (7) OBGs, (10) ER, and (11) intensive care. MCM offers ophthalmologic, dental and hemo-dialysis services as part of community health programs. Long-term expatriate staff include three American general surgeons, one American FP, two Korean OBGs, one U.S. pathologist, one Norwegian plastic surgeon, one Korean neurosurgeon, one U.S. orthopedic surgeon, one Canadian pediatric surgeon, one Korean nephrologist, one Korean radiologist, one Korean ophthalmologist, and two Ethiopian dentists. There are approximately 30 Ethiopian GPs and specialists.

Fly by commercial air to the city of Addis Ababa. It is a short drive on paved roads to the hospital. Upon arrival at the hospital, volunteers are briefed by one of the physicians they will be working with. A short tour of the hospital is given by one of the hospital administrators or a physician. Further orientation is provided by a chaplain and inter-action with expatriate and national staff.

Amharic is the official language. Also spoken are English, Somali, Arabic, and many others. There are 86 languages spoken in Ethiopia.

In 2015 the hospital opened a brand new five-story Grace Wing of the hospital with the prime location of the third floor designated for a new dental department equipped with five new dental chairs. They have Panorex x-ray equipment and denture workshop. The hospital has two Ethiopian dentists, a few dental hygienists and trainees as well. They also have a Korean technologist who can produce dentures on the premise.

The individual volunteer is responsible for all costs associated with the trip. World Medical Mission personnel will provide assistance in arranging all travel, including international flights and in-country travel as well as any needed medical licenses, visas, or permits.

If you are a Microbiology Technician, currently credentialed in the U.S. or Canada, and are interested in filling this urgent need, please contact Sandy Souto by email or by phone at 828-278-1006.