Bongolo Hospital

Lebama, Gabon

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Mission Organization
Christian and Missionary Alliance
Language Requirement
All volunteers need to speak French unless they will be conducting surgery.
Bongolo Hospital (Hopital de Bongolo d’Alliance Chretienne) is a 158-bed hospital: 33 adult surgery, 29 adult medical, 26 maternity with eight isolettes, 26 eye clinic, 22 pediatrics (medical and surgical), five emergency room, five recovery room and four ICU, in a rural area of Gabon. It presently serves one third of the country's population. Hospital physician staff includes two American general surgeons (both board certified), five surgical residents of various nationalities, two Congolese general practice physicians, an American pediatrician, an American IM/Peds physician and an American ophthalmologist. There are also three Gabonese CRNAs. The hospital also has a dental clinic, an AIDS/HIV treatment center and a busy outpatient department, with an average of 900 patients seen each week. In addition to medical care, the hospital also offers a three-year training course for nurses and midwives and a community health program.
Fly by commercial airline to Libreville; fly local commercial airlines to Mouila; drive two hours to Lebamba.
Time Difference
+5 hours daylight saving time; +6 hours Eastern Standard Time
Bongolo Hospital is located in a lush, forested, rural area of Gabon 340 miles southwest of the capital city of Libreville.
French and local African dialect. All PAACS residents are taught in English.
Rainy season is October–May with a slight decrease in frequency in January and February. Hot and humid (80–90 percent) throughout the year. Rainy season highs are 85F–90F and dry season highs are 72F–80F.
Accommodations are in a guest house with kitchen facilities for breakfast and lunch. Dinner will usually be with missionary staff.
Kitchen facilities available for cooking, some dinners with missionaries.
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