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Kolofata, Cameroon

Hopital de District de Kolofata

Detailed Description

The H˘pital de District de Kolofata is seeking actively practicing general surgeons for periods of three months or more.

 

Kolofata District Hospital is a busy public district hospital in the Far North Region of Cameroon that serves a district population of 129,000 people, mostly subsistence-level farmers and herders. Located close to Borno State, Nigeria, the hospital receives about a third of its patients from across the border. The hospital has 120 beds and is directed by an American physician supported by Volunteer International Christian Service, an ecumenical NGO based in Canada. The hospital staff also includes a Canadian administrator and 46 Cameroonian nurses and auxiliaries.

 

The bulk of surgical work involves complications of pregnancy, urological problems (prostatectomies, urethral strictures, and stones), hernias and hydroceles, appendicitis and other intestinal pathologies, trauma, and orthopaedics (chronic osteomyelitis, fractures, amputations). Anesthesia is limited to ketamine, spinals and locals. There is no professional anesthetist, but nurses who have received on-the-job training work under the supervision of the surgeon. At present the hospital has no full-time surgeon and relies entirely on rotating surgeon volunteers from overseas.

 

The variety of clinical cases is endless; we need individuals who are adaptable and open-minded and are willing to put up with a bit of hardship while working in a setting with huge needs and limited resources.

 

A working knowledge of at least basic French would be helpful.

Location of Volunteer Opportunity:

Kolofata, Cameroon, Africa
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Contact Information:

Ellen M. Einterz, MD
Medical Director
Direct Line: +237-75-02-49-18

Agency Profile: Hopital de District de Kolofata

Opportunity open to:

Actively Practicing Surgeons, Retirees, Residents, Medical Students

Active Practicing Surgeons

While in the country, the volunteer should have on hand proof of his/her professional status: medical license and proof that he/she has not been banned from practicing in his/her home country.

Residents

While in the country, the volunteer should have on hand proof of his/her professional status: medical license. Residents are often hosted for elective or vacation rotations. Housing is provided, but no other subsidy is available. Students and residents must commit to a minimum 6 weeks' stay on site, which is to say exclusive of travel time, to be accepted.

Medical Students

While in the country, the volunteer should have on hand proof of his/her professional status: medical school ID. Medical students are often hosted for elective or vacation rotations. Housing is provided, but no other subsidy is available. Students and residents must commit to a minimum 6 weeks' stay on site, which is to say exclusive of travel time, to be accepted.

Accommodations

Housing is available in town, within a mile of the hospital.

Other Information

Volunteers will be housed but responsible for all additional costs (food, travel, etc.). Participants will need the following documents to enter Cameroon: a passport that is valid for 6 months after entry, a visa that should adequately cover the length of stay (a Certificate of Accommodation from the host hospital and a copy of the round trip plane ticket will be required for visa application), and a certificate of vaccination against yellow fever.

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