Hospital Description

Number of Patient Beds:  11 beds
Bed Occupancy Rate:  5 per day
Outpatients Seen Per/day:  20-40
Departments/Specialties:  Everything! Doctor is Family Medicine Specialist
Typical Cases:  Pregnancy, Gynecology, Rashes, Malaria, Typhoid, Diabetes, Hypertension, Arthritis etc.  
Types of Health care Students: Medical, Nursing/NP, PT, PA, Pharmacy 
Languages Spoken:  Major language is English. Also French and Pidjin
Language Requirements/Fluency: Must be competent in English 
Setting:  Urban; population approx 225,000
Additional Volunteer Opportunities: Adventist Youth (Pathfinders), after school tutoring, community health screenings, prison outreach, church choir

Trip Logistics

Recommended Airport:  Douala International Airport (DLA)
Visa Requirements for US Citizen: Tourist (< 30 days) - $124
                                                       Short stay (< 3 months) - $124
                                                       Long stay (3-6 Months) obtain through SIMS/GC coordination - $244
                                                       (visas require a letter of invite from host organization)
Transport from Airport Provided:  Taxi: $50 each way ($25/each if two travel together)
Time from Airport to Hospital:  2 hours
Type of Student Housing:  1-Room w/beds, gas stove and bathroom (1 apt w/2 beds; 1 apt with 4/beds) 
Cost of Housing/night:  $50/month (includes water/electricity; does not include food, cooking gas, or Internet)
Meal Plan: Local eateries and/or self cook  
Cost of Meals/day:  $40/month but quite variable
Additional Fees: $60 month for internet but can be shared between other volunteers; pro-rated for volunteers
Recommended months to visit: September through June

Comments from site: Great location! Plenty to do if you take the initiative. Hospital is continually expanding. Approx. 7-10 deliveries/month; soon will add surgeries.

Country/travel information and entry requirements: www.travel.state.gov/cameroon

 

 

Additional links: 
Cameroon Embassy USA: Read through consular fees, visa requirements, download/pring/submit Visa Application 
CDC Cameroon