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Gwembe Valley, Zambia

Medical Ministry International
From : 04-06-2019 To : 04-20-2019
Country : Zambia
City : Gwembe Valley
Position Needed : Medical Ophthalmologist
Surgical Ophthalmologist
Ophthalmology fellow
Ophthalmology resident
Ophthalmic Assistant
Ophthalmic Technician
Ophthalmic Scrub
Registered Nurse
Team leader : Peta-Ann Schmidt, Dr. John Harvey
Collaborating Organization : 40/40 Africa Vision Foundation
Term : Short Term
Length : 2 weeks
Speciality : General
Languages : English
Mission Details : MMI will faciltate a two week vision project in Gwembe Valley, Zambia from April 6-20, 2019. The clinic in Gwembe Valley does not have full time staff yet, and MMI has been the first medical team to consistently provide medical and dental care to Matambo Village and the surrounding area since 2013. Training of the staff of Christ Temple Church, Huntington, West Virginia has been done by MMI to maintain continuity of care and procedures set in place by the MMI teams, and the church has been sending small medical teams to the clinic since 2016 to continue providing care and support for the area. The need for vision care is serious as there is currently no access for the people of the area to receive any form of eye care. The team will provide provide needed medical and dental services to the community of Matambo in the Gwembe Valley, Zambia over a two week period using North American volunteers in collaboration with the local leaders and pastors of Matambo and 40/40 Africa Vision Foundation. This project needs a comprehensive vision care team including Ophthalmologists, Optometrists, Opticians, Nurses, Technicians, and Non-Medical Support Team Members. Vision care projects are focused in urban areas, and include opportunities for local medical personnel to receive training. These large projects typically see a high volume of patients looking for all types of services, including cataract surgeries. The MMI team will provide screening for pathology, surgical candidates, and refractive error. The optical component will dispense Rx and reading glasses to patients. The team will provide the patients with an opportunity to have access to surgery in their own community by contributing a small but significant amount towards their procedure. Teams work Monday-Friday with the middle weekend off for relaxation. Participants make a Project Donation which covers all in-country expenses, accommodations, meals, travel insurance, and malpractice insurance. Air fare is extra. This is an excellent opportunity to serve the people of Zambia! Please provide your specialty or if resident your year of study when inquiring. For further information, please visit or contact the Project Team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
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