Mukinge Hospital, Zambia—General Surgeons

Urgent need for general surgeons: July–Oct. 2019

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 STDs. 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 percent. Hospital staff includes two Zambian general practice physicians, one expatriate general surgeon and two expatriate family practice physicians, four national staff in physiotherapy, two national staff in radiology, and five national staff in the laboratory.

Requirements: Volunteers are required to serve a minimum of three weeks, including travel.

If you are an evangelical Christian general surgeon currently licensed in the U.S. or Canada and are interested in volunteering to meet this need, please contact Carly Poor by email or by phone at 828-588-1274.