Hospital Description

Country: 
Malawi
Setting: 
Rural
Number of Patient Beds: 
250
Bed Occupancy Rate: 
45-80% (depends on the season)
Outpatients Seen Per/Day: 
120
Departments/Specialties: 
Medical
Surgical
Pediatrics
Maternity
Malnutrition
Community Health (family planning, HIV clinics, antenatal clinic)
Outpatient Clinics
Typical Cases: 
Pneumonia
Malaria
TB
HIV Complications
Dehydration
Meningitis
Types of Health Care Students Accepted: 
Medical
Nursing/NP
Dental
Public Health
Allied Health (PA, Radiology, Nutrition)
Languages Spoken: 
Chichewa
English
Language Requirements/Fluency: 
English

Trip Logistics

Recommended Airport: 
Chileka International Airport-Blantyre (BLZ) (preferred), Lilongwe Kamuzu
Visa Requirements for U.S. Citizen: 
Free visitor visa granted for 30 days upon arrival at the airport; two 30-day renewals accepted for a fee of around $30 each. For stays longer than 90 days, please refer the volunteer coordinator for instructions
Transport from Airport Provided: 
Yes, from Blantyre only
Transportation Costs: 
Transportation to and from the airport is included in Accommodation/Rotation fees.
Time from Airport to Hospital: 
1.5 hrs- Blantyre; Lilongwe- 24 hours with bus, taxi, and overnight stay in Blantyre or Lilongwe
Type of Student Housing: 
Guest house- dorm style
Cost of Housing/month: 
$550/month (additional $50 fee for internet access payable at site)
Meal Plan: 
Cooked by hospital staff
Cost of Meals/day: 
$8/day for lunch and supper, $15 for bed and breakfast
Recommended Months to Visit: 
November - May
Comments from Site: 
We only accept 4th year medical students! Limited number of spots for students - a lead time of at least 6 months is recommended.
Last Updated: 
June 7, 2010