Physician PRF 8045 ( if interested please mention PRF Nr.)
Contribution to Strategy:
SIM Malawi has targeted five areas of strategic priority for the field. Impacting the AIDS crisis is one of these priorities. Malawi is a country which is being devastated by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Nearly 16% of adults is infected with the HIV virus; in the cities the rates are 25-40%. Over 70,000 people will die this year from AIDS, and more than that number will likely become infected. In its wake, the epidemic has orphaned over 400,000 children.
This epidemic offers tremendous opportunities for the Gospel. What is lacking the most is a sense of “hope”. Of course, our ultimate hope is in Christ, through accepting what He has done for us on the cross. Genuine conversion provides the power for uninfected people to live holy lives and be spared the awful fate of HIV infection. Providing hope for treatment of HIV/AIDS has helped to break down the barriers that keep people from facing this epidemic and from finding out their own HIV status.
Responsibilities: In order to impact the AIDS crisis in Malwi, additional physicians are needed to care for those infected with the HIV virus. When regular medical staff is away medical doctors are required to replace them. A ministry called Partners in Hope began in December 2001, first located at the ABC Community Clinic and beginning as a ministry specifically for the many HIV/AIDS patients there. In November 2005, the ministry relocated to a larger facility (called Partners in Hope Medical Centre--PIH) where the provision of high-quality HIV/AIDS care to adults and children has greatly expanded. We are currently providing HIV/AIDS treatment (including anti-retroviral medications--ARVs) to nearly 4,000 HIV+ patients in a “free clinic” setting.
Partners in Hope is an SIM partner, organized as a Malawian local NGO with its own board of trustees. It currently has five ex-patriate physicians (4 being missionaries), 5 Malawian clinical officers, and a total of approximately 90 staff.
A medical doctor is needed to provide direct patient care and to support/train Malawian clinicians and nurses at the clinic. Responsibilities will include: 1) Provide general medical and HIV/AIDS care in the private clinic and ward, 2) Provide care to registered HIV+ patients in the public AIDS clinic, 3) Support and train Malawian clinicians and nurses in general medical and HIV/AIDS care, 4) Participate in training of clinicians and nurses who come from other facilities for upgrading their skills in HIV/AIDS care, 5) Provide assistance to nurses in outreach programs (Home Based Care and ARV clinics), 6) Explore God's calling for a specific area of ministry, 7) Explore and develop opportunities for personal professional development.
Advanced degree required.
Required training: Formal Tropical Medicine training is very useful but not required. Knowledge of HIV/AIDS treatments, including ARVs, is also very valuable.
Recommended Experience: Experience in the diagnosis, care and treatment of HIV/AIDS-related conditions and tropical diseases.
Personality Issues/ Cultural Considerations:: Women will wear skirts below the knee when in public.
Note: Preparation takes approx. 6 months
Compétences linguistiques : Englisch: fliessend, Chichewa: Grundkenntnisse (Kann vor Ort erlernt werden)
Exigences : Advanced degree required. Required training: Formal Tropical Medicine training is very useful but not required. Knowledge of HIV/AIDS treatments, including ARVs, is also very valuable. Recommended Experience: Experience in the diagnosis, care
Age minimum : 25
Financement : Freundeskreis
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