Career Opportunity: Senior Obstetrician

Date Available: Immediately
Specialty: Obstetrics/Gynaecology
Country: Kenya


MaterCare International (MCI) and the Apostolic Vicariate of Isiolo (AVI) are seeking a Senior Obstetrician for Project Isiolo, Kenya, to provide essential obstetrics for a minimum 3 month locum with a start date of January 2, 2013 in a volunteer capacity.

The project will provide comprehensive rural essential obstetrics in the District of Isiolo, which includes normal care during pregnancy and delivery as well as treatment of most obstetric and medical complications. The position is centered around the base hospital in Isiolo which has; 16 obstetrical beds; 4 intensive care beds; 2 operating rooms; 4 delivery rooms; a small laboratory; pharmacy; kitchen and laundry as well as  4 Manyattas (traditional maternity waiting homes, each with 2 beds) close to the hospital. The hospital, located in the town of Isiolo, will provide treatment for most obstetrical complications and is fully equipped. Opened in June 2011 and staffed by midwives, the first of 6 rural parish maternity clinics is located in the village of Merti, approximately 225K from Isiolo town, with 4 beds for normal cases. A fully equipped 4x4 emergency transport vehicle is provided for long distance transfers of patients, and two motorbike ambulances for travel in and around villages is also provided.
The focus of this project is to serve the population of 150,000 people (consisting mostly of pasturalists) of whom over 50% are living below the poverty line. Maternal and infant mortality rates and the prevalence of obstetric fistulae in this region are among the highest in sub-Saharan Africa. Post-partum haemorrhage and hypertension are the most common causes of death, other direct causes are obstructed labour, sepsis, and ectopic pregnancy. Indirect causes are severe, anaemia, malaria, embolism and AIDS.

The ideal candidate will have to following skills:
-Speak and write proficient English
-Possess specialist qualifications from the home country, acceptable by the Kenyan Medical Board
-Have experience in complicated obstetrics.
-Be willing to accept the mission statement of a Catholic Hospital

All travel expenses paid/Accommodation provided

All interested candidates please contact:
Dr. Robert L. Walley
Executive Director
MaterCare International
8 Riverview Avenue
St John’s, NL A1C 2S5
Office: (709)579-6472
Toll Free:(888) 579 - 6472
Fax: (709)579-6501
Email: info@matercare.org