Advisor to Laboratory Staff in the Gambia
An experienced lab technician is needed to join our team as an advisor to provide specific training and upgrade the skills of Gambian staff.
Sibanor Health Centre, established by WEC and now under national church’s management, 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, PCV, malaria smears, sputum smears for TB, rapid diagnostic tests for HIV and RPR, CD4 count, Sickle cell solubility test, point of care creatinine, urine albumin and dipstick, and gram and India Ink stains of CSF. We also take blood for viral load, but these are 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. There are many opportunities to get involved with local church, youth club and village outreach with the local church and the clinic.
Do you enjoy training others? Then we need you! Come for six months, or a series of shorter 1-month visits.
Qualities & Gifts Sought
You're a lab technician with considerable experience, who is able to work in a rural environment with fewer resources than in the developed world. You are flexible and willing to experiment.
You enjoy sharing your skills and training others, and would like to play an important part in a strategic health project run by the Gambian church.
Would suit a retiree or someone who could do intermittent short visits.
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About Medical Ministry
WEC International has been involved in development through medical
work from its beginnings in the 1920s – in the Congo, the Amazon, and
WEC helps local churches run clinics and hospitals, offering expertise in fields like HIV-AIDS, ophthalmology, midwifery and dentistry. Our medical staff have served in several countries across Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Central America.
What's it like to be a medical missionary?
"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." (a midwife)
"I have loved my time at Sibanor with WEC. I have had the opportunity to learn new skills, develop in confidence as a doctor, and grow in my Christian faith. It has been a huge privilege to be welcomed by the Gambian people and to serve alongside the amazing missionary team here." (Dr Will)
Dr Helen Roseveare, who developed hospitals in the Congo, and overcame incredible challenges, said 'Jesus is worth it'.
WECer Maud Kells OBE from Northern Ireland pioneered nursing training in the Congo. Read her book 'Open Door'
The Gambia is a country in West Africa that is entirely surrounded by Senegal except for its coastline on the Atlantic Ocean at its western end. It is the smallest country on mainland Africa.
The Gambia is a very small and narrow country whose borders mirror the meandering Gambia River. The Gambia is less than 50 km wide at its widest point. It is the smallest country on the African mainland. Banjul is the Gambian capital and the largest cities are Serekunda and Brikama.
Gambia has a tropical climate. A hot and rainy season normally lasts from June until November, but from then until May, cooler temperatures predominate.
The Gambia has a market-based economy characterised by traditional subsistence agriculture. There is also a significant tourism industry.
A variety of ethnic groups live in the Gambia, each preserving its own language and traditions. The Mandinka ethnicity is the largest, followed by the Fula, Wolof, Jola, Karoninka, Serahule, Serers, Manjago, Bambara, Aku Marabou and others.
The cuisine of the Gambia includes peanuts, rice, fish, meat, onions, tomatoes, cassava, chili peppers and oysters from the River Gambia that are harvested by women.
[Source Wikipedia. more here]
There are 30 people groups in the Gambia and 16 are unreached groups.
The Gambia has a population of just over 2 million. 84% of the Gambian peoples have little or no access to the hope of the gospel.
The largest religion is Islam at 84.4%. 4.8% profess to be Christian and of those 0.7% are evangelical.
[source Joshua Project]
Please pray with us for:
-freedom and harmony between religious groups
-the evangelical church which is small
-the peoples yet to hear of the hope of the gospel: Mandinka, Fulani, Jola and Wolof
-young people -Christian radio projects
[Operation World, 2010 print edition]
WEC in the Gambia
WEC has been registered with the government as an NGO in the Gambia since 1966. We have established different social programmes in order to contribute to the development efforts of the government and other stakeholders.
WEC Gambia co-operates with different Government departments, NGOs and charitable organisations to support national development efforts and capacity building through its holistic ministries.
We have projects in agriculture, medical work, education and youth, and literacy.
WEC is looking for committed believers who are willing to contribute to the development of The Gambia and support the local church in outreach, discipleship, training and mercy ministries.
We need people willing to:
– live a simple lifestyle
– serve others and respect people, regardless of their cultural or religious background
– commit to life-long learning, because understanding people and establishing relationships (both in social projects and church life) takes time
– commit to local language learning and cultural studies
– be willing to work in a multinational team
– be flexible and humble
– be financially self-supporting.
Gambia welcomes short-term mission. It is best to stay at least six months, however, one to two years is more rewarding. So the longer you come, the better!
WEC handed over the running of the Sibanor clinic to Evangelical Church of the Gambia in 2017. WEC continues to support the ECG church particularly in helping to recruit ex-patriate clinical staff (doctors, nurses, laboratory and pharmacy staff).
Nicola has used her medical training to serve in Gambia for many years. Read her story
More about WEC in Gambia