Setting: Moundou is hte second largest city in the country of Chad, Africa. It is located on the shallow by wide Logone River. The population is around 140,000 with a patient-drawing population of doucle that. Although it is a large city it is in one of the least developed countries in the world. There is no city water or sanitation system. Electricity is mostly by individual generators and Internet is slow dial up, however, you can usually send emails and use Facebook. There is cell phone service and you can make FaceTime or Skype audio calls. There is a cultural mix of African Arab Muslims and Africans mostly from the Ngambai tribes. They are mostly Chrisitan. The surgical center is the only one doing traumatic injury orthopedics. There is an opportunity to see unusual pathology you may never see anywhere else.
Number of Patient Beds: 30
Bed Occupancy Rate: 90-110%
Outpatients Seen Per/day: 20-40
Departments/Specialties: Orthopedics, General Surgery, Gynecology
Typical Cases: Open and closed long bone fractures, traumatic injuries, osteomyelitis, typphoid, malaria, hernias, rectal prolapse, hydroceles, bowel obstructions, fibroids, uterus, BPH, bladder stones, urethral strictures, hysterectomies, infections, abscesses, acute abdomen
Types of Healthcare Students: Medical, nursing/NP, nurse anesthesia, dental/dental hygiene, PT/OT, biomed, allied health (radiology, PA), pharmacy, administration/business, lab techs
Languages Spoken: Chadian Arabic, French, , Ngambaye
English will suffice, by the more competent in French, the better your patient contact will be
Additional Volunteer Opportunities: English lessons to the staff or at the elementary schools for longer term volunteers, local church and Sabbath schools, evangelism, etc. Free time can be spent swimming in the river, hanging out with the locals.
Recommended Airport: N’Djamena, Chad (NDJ)
Visa Required for US Citizen? Cost?: Yes, must be obtained in the US. About $150.
Transport from Airport Provided: Arranged but student has to pay $20 each way
Transportation Costs: Taxi is $40 in N'Djemena, but $40 round trip, hotel/lodging $25
Time from Airport to Hospital: 7-8 hours
Type of Student Housing: Guest rooms with Dr. gardner or local Chadian family; shipping container apartment
Cost of Housing/night: $40 week
Meal Plan: Eat breakfast/lunch with Chadian family or lunch/supper wih the Gardners, or cook in your own kitchen in the apartment.
Additional Fees: If desired, $20 to buy a local phone, SIM card and minutes for Internet or calling. Internet cafe and restaurants available too.
Recommended months to visit: Jan-Feb are warm and dry, March-May very hot, June-September is the rainy season. Oct-Dec end of rainy season heading into dry season--still comfortable.
Comments from Site: This is a hardship area with primitive living and intense and stressful patient care