LGHV - Medical Professionals - India and Tanzania

    • Job Tracking ID: 512830-590963
    • Job Location: Various, OPE
    • Job Level: Any
    • Level of Education: BA/BS
    • Job Type: Volunteer
    • Date Updated: October 24, 2017
    • Years of Experience: College
    • Starting Date: ASAP
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Job Description:

Lutheran Global Health Volunteers

Specialties:

  • Biomedical Equipment Engineer
  • Laboratory Technician

Assignment Includes:

  • Training and management of laboratory services within the hospital.
  • Assist laboratory department to improve skills and enhance the care of patients requiring an various laboratory services.
  • Evaluate and repair a wide variety of equipment.
  • Teach basic repair skills and develop preventive maintenance plan.

Site Information

  • Marangu Hospital is an 80 bed facility located in a rural setting at the base of Kilimanjaro National Park (entrance - one of three entrances) at an elevation of 5,000 ft. The local area has about 300,000 people who are mostly peasant farmers (coffee and bananas) and small businesses.
  • Nyakato Health Center is a medium sized health facility with about 60 outpatients a day. In-patient bed capacity is 25. Nyakato Health Center is a ministry of the ELCT-East of Lake Victoria Diocese, and is located in a town of 500,000 on the shores of Lake Victoria. The local population works on small farms, small to medium businesses, industry and fishing.
  • Bunda Designated District Hospital (BDDH) is situated in Bunda Town on the Musoma - Mwanza highway. The ELCT Diocese in Mara region is the owner of the Hospital and runs it as a Designated District Hospital for Bunda District. The catchment population for the hospital is more than 371,000. The people inhabit the plains just beyond the Serengeti and reaching the Eastern shores of Lake Victoria. The main health problems in the area are malaria, pneumonias, diarrheal and other communicable diseases. The weather is warm with two rainy seasons and a hot dry dusty season.
  • Padhar Hospital was established in 1956. It runs a multispecialty hospital with various departments; Surgery (including plastic and reconstructive surgery), Urology, General Medicine, OB/GYN, Pediatrics, Eye, ENT, Dental, Max Facial Surgery and Radiation therapy. It also runs an English medium school catering to almost 30 villages. Plans for the future include upgrading the Nursing School to a collegiate program, community health and other projects, CBR and a de-addiction center. Padhar is located in the center of the country and in rural southern MP, not far from the border of Maharashtra. IT is about midway between the large cities of Bhopal and Nagpur - both airports about 200 kms away. The railroad is in Betul, only 18 kms away. The local community consists of mainly Gond tribes, Gawalis and Kokus. The main source of income in the area is subsistence farming. Socioeconomic development indices are generally poor.
  • Parkijuli Christian Hospital is a 50 bed hospital located in the state of Assam. It is located in a rural area along the border with Bhutan, about 65 miles from Guwahati, the capital city of Assam State. Parkijuli is the only hospital in this part of Assam. Many patients also come from nearby Bhutan. In 2012, a total of 2,600 patients were treated in the out-patient department, and a total of 5,200 patients admitted. There are 40 staff, 26 of whom are permanent.

Experience and Skills:

  • BS in Laboratory Science preferred for Laboratory Technician
  • Electrical Engineer Required; Biomedical Engineer preferred for Biomedical Equipment Engineer
  • Previous experience in a developing country's healthcare helpful
  • Some basic knowledge of tropical disease is helpful
  • Flexibility and adaptability is essential

Terms and Conditions

This is a self-funded volunteer position connected with Lutheran Global Health Volunteers. Volunteers receive basic overseas medical coverage (if requested), and reimbursement for costs associated with visa and work permits required for their period of service. The period of service is flexible with length of service generally between 1-3 months.

General Qualifications for ELCA Global Personnel

  • Christian faith and a commitment to the mission of the church
  • Openness to various expressions of Christian faith and respect for people of other faiths
  • Respect for beliefs, values and customs of church and culture where assigned
  • Well-developed inter-personal skills demonstrating understanding and compassion
  • Demonstrated ability to carry out the responsibilities and the ability to adapt to different standards and practices
  • Ability to work within the framework of a local administration
  • Adaptable and flexible - sense of humor - good physical and emotional health
  • Live and serve in a way which reflects the vision and expectations of the ELCA