The Beit CURE International Hospital of Zambia was established in 2006. CURE International signed an agreement with the Zambian Ministry of Health to operate a paediatric teaching hospital specializing in the treatment and care of children living with physical disabilities. The hospital provides free treatment to children and depends on charitable funding.
The hospital campus is comprised of six buildings, housing 45 patient beds in the children’s ward and 16 beds in the private patients ward. The hospital also houses a chapel, three operating theatres, an outpatient clinic, an administrative building and a general services building. Services at the hospital are focused on paediatric orthopaedics, neurosurgery and reconstructive plastic surgery.
Since 2006, in collaboration with Smile Train, CURE has developed cleft lip and cleft palate surgical training programs in most of CURE’s hospitals worldwide. These programs not only provide surgery for children, but also train national surgeons in reconstructive surgery and provide counselling to the families.
Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgery, Neurosurgery, and ENT & Audiology. Elective students welcome.
The hospital is located within a short distance from the main airport at Zambia. Visitors can be met at the airport by arrangement with the hospital.
Hospital guesthouse on site.
Three months is optimal for learning the local and hospital culture and being most effective, but length of stay will largely depend on the visitor.
A visa is required and more information is available at: http://www.zambia.embassyhomepage.com/
email Dr Uta Fröschl or Dr. Giorgio Lastroni
I spent a short while working in Cure. All the staff were very welcoming and took time to explain treatments that I had not previously carried out. They allowed me to be very hands on with the patients and this allowed me to gain a really good experience. The hospital was very well equipped compared to other hospitals in Malawi and it was a very positive working environment. As a podiatry student, this hospital was very relevant to me, especially the club foot clinic. I would recommend this placement for any podiatry or physio’ student.
Beit Cure International hospital, Blantyre, Malawi is one of a group of hospitals operated by the Christian Mission CURE International. I was involved for 10 years from concept until last year, and served as Orthopaedic surgeon and Medical Director.
The main emphases are on Orthopaedic surgery for children, training, and Christian Mission. Other emphases include Orthopaedic research, adult Orthopaedic surgery, coordination of a national Ponseti club foot programme, and integration with other Orthopaedic providers in Malawi, particularly through the College of Medicine and Ministry of Health.
Visitors from the UK are made welcome, but should contact John Cashman, Orthopaedic Surgeon well in advance to secure placements. The hospital maintains a place for UK Orthopaedic Specialist Registrars to train alongside African trainees. Such placements (Fellowships) are usually 6 or 12 months, but brief visits may also be accommodated. Trainees can gain unparalleled experience in children’s orthopaedic reconstruction including severe bone sepsis and its sequelae, untreated congenital and post-traumatic deformities and the use of circular frames.
Hospital accommodation is usually available and is secure and nearby and at a suitable standard. Any margins made by the hospital are used to treat poor children.
All visitors are encouraged to come in a spirit of service and learning and to respect and build up the mainly Malawian staff and trainees. The living Christian faith expressed by many of the hospital staff will be apparent, and provides a refreshing environment to visitors from all faith backgrounds.
I am now UK-based, and am happy to be a point of contact for potential UK visitors requesting more information.
Jim Harrison firstname.lastname@example.org
I spent three months as a volunteer at Cure during my gap year in 2009, before starting an undergraduate nursing course. I worked with other volunteers to help with classes and entertainment for the children who were undergoing treatment. I stayed within the hospital compound, in the self catering guest house. Cure has a brilliant team of health care professionals and I was made to feel very welcome throughout my stay. They were very enthusiastic about ideas for art classes and other educational projects for the children and I felt I was able to help despite not yet being a student nurse. I would recommend this placement for all health care students, physiotherapy students especially, as well as for individuals who wish to volunteer in their gap year.
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