Hospital Description

Country: 
Chad
Setting: 
Moundou is the 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 double 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 Chrisitian. 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
Typhoid
Malaria
Hernias
Rectal prolapse
Hydroceles
Bowel obstructions
Fibroids
Uterus
BPH
Bladder stones
Urethral strictures
Hysterectomies
Infections
Abscesses
Acute abdomen
Types of Health Care Students Accepted: 
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
Language Requirements/Fluency: 
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.

Trip Logistics

Recommended Airport: 
N’Djamena, Chad (NDJ)
Visa Requirements for U.S. Citizen: 
Yes, must be obtained in the US. About $150.
Transport from Airport Provided: 
Yes, by arrangement $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 with the Gardners, or cook in your own kitchen in the apartment.
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.
Additional Fees: 
If desired, $20 to buy a local phone, SIM card and minutes for Internet or calling. Internet cafe and restaurants available too.
Comments from Site: 
This is a hardship area with primitive living and intense and stressful patient care.
Last Updated: 
September 9, 2015