Tenwek Hospital, Kenya—OB/GYN

Tenwek Hospital, Kenya—Tenwek Hospital located in Bomet, Kenya, is a 300-bed referral hospital with a wide range of surgical, medical, maternity, and pediatric services. Tenwek participates in a general surgery residency program (PAACS) and a family medicine program which allows volunteers to come that are interested in teaching residents. A minimum service of two weeks plus travel is required; one month service or longer is preferred. Tenwek is a very family friendly location.

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology is a growing service at Tenwek Hospital! The busiest part of the service is obstetrics. The maternity unit, which includes our newborn nursery, is the largest single department in the hospital. Moms and babies make up approximately 100 beds. Women in labor are managed by our Kenyan nurse midwives as well as obstetricians. Tenwek performs between 700-800 C-Sections yearly; therefore, surgical obstetrics takes up most of the time of our OB team. There is an OB Theatre in Maternity, and available OR space in the Main Theatre. There is a maternal-child health clinic where prenatal care is given Monday through Friday. Complicated pregnancies are referred to the obstetrics team while normal pregnancies are generally cared for by MCH nurses and clinical officers. The Tenwek OB service provides care for many complicated patients. Postpartum hemorrhage, preeclampsia and eclampsia, infection and sepsis, obstructed labor and complications from illegal abortions are not uncommon. HIV, malaria, TB, and meningitis are infectious diseases frequently encountered.   The Gynecologic service is an integral part of our department. Gyn clinic is held on Wednesdays, and elective Gyn surgical cases are done in the Main Theatre Tuesdays and Thursdays. Surgery for fibroids (hysterectomy and myomectomy) is the most common Gyn elective case.  Visiting OB/Gyns will work with long term staff, and can be involved in many aspects of care and teaching of our students, interns and residents. We invite generalist Ob/Gyns, and subspecialists in gyn oncology, urogyn, and maternal fetal medicine. Family medicine physicians who practice surgical obstetrics are also welcome.

Families are welcome. A minimum service of two weeks plus travel is required; one month service or longer is preferred.

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 interested in this opportunity, please contact Dayna Wright by email or by phone at 828-278-1168.