Tenwek Hospital—Ophthalmologist

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.”

Ophthalmology: We moved into our new eye facility January 2018. We currently have a 60-bed inpatient eye ward, including two private rooms. We have one large operating room, with seven spaces for eye surgeries. Two microscopes are Zeiss Visu 200. Another scope is an older Zeiss, but with excellent optics and x/y foot control. We have two Alcon Constellation machines and one Accurus machine that can be used for retina surgery, complicated anterior segment surgeries, or phaco surgery (in the anterior setting mode). We have one dedicated Alcon Infinity Phaco machine for cataract surgeries. Our most common surgery is cataract via the MSICS method, but we usually do some phaco every week. We do retina cases every week, glaucoma procedures (trabeculectomy and shunt), trauma reconstruction/repair, pediatric cataract, and occasional muscle surgeries. We have capabilities of doing cornea transplant, but these are done in batches when we receive tissue from the states (requires a lot of coordination). Our current clinic is an open room with 10 slitlamps. We also have an exam room for dedicated pediatric exams. We have an optical shop for refraction and glass grinding. Some testing is available, like fundus photography, IVFA, and a Zeiss visual field machine. We also have a Zeiss Cirrus OCT and Oculus Pentacam.

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.