Tenwek Hospital, Kenya—Family Medicine

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 Hospital is one of the largest mission hospitals in Africa. It provides primary health care to 600,000 Kipsigis people within a 32-kilometer radius and serves as a referral center for a much larger region. General wards range from six to 17 beds each. Semiprivate rooms with private baths are available. Private isolation rooms, an eye ward, and an orthopedic ward were added in 1997. Five operating rooms along with a recovery room provide facilities for a wide range of surgical services. The maternity unit contains 72 beds, three delivery tables, and an operating room. The neonatal nursery cares for infants who are sick or premature. All other infants stay with their mothers. Support services include a good laboratory, diagnostic imaging, a pharmacy, physical therapy, and dentistry. The hospital has a nursing school, and its community health program serves as a model throughout the developing world. Tenwek is also the home base for the L. Nelson Bell International Chaplaincy Training School. The sign at Tenwek’s front gate speaks for mission hospitals everywhere by boldly proclaiming to all, “We treat, Jesus heals.”

Family Medicine: FM in Kenya is a relatively new specialty, with the first family medicine residency trained doctors graduating in 2008. Family medicine at Tenwek is very diverse, caring for men, women, and children covering the various aspects of their care, including inpatient and outpatient as well as ER. In addition, we are a residency training program, and teaching is an integral part of what God has called us to. As Christian Family Medicine doctors, we strive to treat both the spiritual needs of the patients while providing excellent medical care.

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 (WMM) volunteers are self-funded or raise financial support to cover all expenses associated with their 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.