Hospital Description

Country: 
Cameroon
Setting: 
Urban; population approx 225,000
Number of Patient Beds: 
11
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 Accepted: 
Medical
Nursing/NP
PT
PA
Pharmacy
Languages Spoken: 
Major language is English
French
Pidjin
Language Requirements/Fluency: 
Must be competent in English
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 U.S. 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)
Transportation Costs: 
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/month: 
$50/month (includes water/electricity; does not include food, cooking gas, or Internet)
Meal Plan: 
Local eateries and/or self cook
Cost of Meals/month: 
$40/month but quite variable
Recommended Months to Visit: 
September through June
Additional Fees: 
$60 month for internet but can be shared between other volunteers; pro-rated for volunteers <30 days.
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.
Last Updated: 
May 9, 2014