Lab Technician – Gambia
Join WEC's medical team as a lab technician, to provide practical training to local Gambian staff during the rainy season (June-December).
WEC's clinic provides primary health care services including antenatal, maternity, paediatric and adult medical care. There is a small ward and a specialist HIV clinic.
The lab provides a basic service including measuring Hb, malaria smears, sputum smears for TB, rapid diagnostic tests for HIV and RPR, urine albumin, and dipstick and gram stain of CSF. The lab takes blood for CD4 count, which is analysed elsewhere.
Teach our lab staff how to make up stains, do malaria smears and hone their other skills. Share the gospel with patients as appropriate. Ideal for those wanting a taste of mission for three months. Do you enjoy training others? Then we need you!
Qualities & Gifts Sought
Qualified and experienced lab technician able to work in an environment with fewer resources than in the West. Enjoy sharing your skills. Flexibility and a willingness to try new things are essential.
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About Medical ministry
WEC has been involved in medical work from its beginnings in the Congo, the Amazon and the Himalayas. Our members today run clinics and hospitals, offer expertise in fields like HIV-AIDS, ophthalmology, midwifery, dentistry, etc in several countries across Africa, Asia, and the Americas.
One midwifery nurse writes: "Three mornings a week I work at a local hospital. Together with a local nurse we encourage women with newborn babies to breastfeed their infant. We have only a few minutes with each mother yet it is a great opportunity to share God’s love with these young women at a very special, precious and at the same time vulnerable moment of their lives. … The midwives in the maternity hospital there have asked for more training in dealing with complicated deliveries."
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The Gambia in West Africa is surrounded by Senegal and the Atlantic Ocean. Its area is 10,689 sq kilometres with a population of nearly 1,900,000. The Gambia River flows through the centre of the country and into the Atlantic Ocean. Banjul is the Gambian capital, and the largest cities are Serekunda and Brikama.
WEC's mission statement: Reaching out together in word and deed to share God’s love in the Gambia.
In the Gambia, WEC international co-operates with different government departments, non-governmental organisations and charitable organisations to support national development efforts and capacity building through its holistic ministries.
WEC international in the Gambia is registered with the government as an NGO (Non-Governmental Organisation) since 1966. We have established different social programmes in order to contribute to the development efforts of the government and other stakeholders. We have projects in agriculture, medical work, education and youth, and literacy.
[source: WEC International website]
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