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Béré Adventist Hospital, Chad
Film by Phil Sherwood for African Rice Heart, written by Emily Wilkins on YouTube
Number of Patient Beds: 70
Bed Occupancy Rate: 50%
Outpatients Seen Per/day: 30
Departments/Specialties: Clinical Laboratory, Labor/Delivery, Infectious Disease, Surgery, Pediatrics, Outpatient Clinic
Typical Cases: Surgery (hernias, hydroceles, prostates, bladder stones, c-sections, laparotomies, amputations, lipomas, etc.) Medical (malaria, rabies, tetanus, meningitis, cholera)
Types of Healthcare Students: All!
Languages Spoken: French, Tchadian Arabic, Nangjere, Ngangbai
Language Requirements/Fluency: English will suffice, but the lingua franca is French
Additional Volunteer Opportunities: Teach English/Religion, Lead children's Sabbath School, Construction, Evangelism, Nutrition Center
Recommended Airport: N’Djamena, Chad (NDJ)
Visa Required for US Citizen? Cost?: Yes. $150
Transport from Airport Provided: No
Transportation Costs: $40-50
Time from Airport to Hospital: 6 hours, but usually must overnight in capital
Type of Student Housing: With a local family. Hut without water/electricity
Cost of Housing/night: $80/month
Meal Plan: Host family will provide breakfast/dinner.
Cost of Meals/day: Included with housing. Lunch on own
Additional Fees: None
Recommended months to visit: Any. Coolest is January, Hottest is April