|ASO/EMM: Medical Worker - Sierra Leone|
|Mattru Jong, SE of Freetown|
|Eastern Mennonite Missions has been working in Sierra Leone since March 2017, when Dr. Jon & Heleen Yoder started their ministry at the hospital of the United Brethren in Christ in Mattru Jong. The hospital is situated in Bonthe District in the rural south of Sierra Leone. Depending on the season, it takes about 5-7 hours to travel to the country’s capital Freetown. Living circumstances are basic but comfortable (running water and solar electricity for most of the time).
Jon is the Medical Superintendent of the hospital, while Heleen works with children at risk at the Psychosocial Unit of the hospital. They are part of a UB Global team (www.ubglobal.org), which includes a nurse practitioner and an engineer. UB Global, the North American arm of the Church of the United Brethren in Christ International, is committed to supporting the hospital for the next 6-8 years. The hospital, which was started by missionaries in the fifties, suffered severely under the 11-year war (1991-2002) and is currently in the process of regaining its original high standards of care to a deprived community with high maternal and child mortality rates.
The hospital is located in a rural area in Sierra Leone, about six hours by car from the capital city of Freetown. It is located in the Bonthe District, probably the neediest area, medically speaking, in the country. The hospital currently serves a population of 2000,000 with only two medical doctors. Living circumstances are basic, with limited resources.
- Applicants must have a minimum of one year of experience in their field of medicine. Areas of need include physicians, x-ray technicians/ultrasound techs, nurses, midwives, physical therapists, and public health specialists.
- Applicants must be 24 years or older with a willingness to learn and appreciate cultural differences.
|Nurses, midwives, and ultrasound x-ray technicians are needed to serve and help in training local staff at a rural hospital in a Sierra Leone village.|
|Extreme Heat; Long distance biking/walking required; Other; Limited internet connectivity; Limited dietary options; Use of public transit required|
|- Work alongside EMM long term workers as they seek to re-establish a mission hospital that was severely damaged in a civil war, and as they pursue establishing child mental health services.
- Work full-time at the hospital in medical capacities and in training/mentoring local staff in best practices.