The Project

The Diocese of Chipata [Health Coordinator] has requested a Medical Doctor to build capacity of local clinical staff [2 medical practitioners and 3 clinical officers] through coaching and mentoring, whilst also attending to patients at Minga Mission Hospital.  You will be performing duties as a way of practically sharing knowledge and skill development.  Minga Mission Hospital provides outpatient services, 112 in-patient beds, maternity including post and ante-natal clinics, surgery, palliative care, voluntary counselling and testing, anti-retroviral therapy, dentistry, prevention of mother to child transmission, Eye Clinic, Cancer Screening and physiotherapy.

Minga Mission Hospital has recently been assigned as a Phase 1 COVID-19 Vaccination site.

This placement is in a relatively remote area.

The Location

Minga Mission Hospital is a Catholic Mission hospital located in Petauke District, Eastern Province, Zambia. The hospital serves a population of 144,000 people with health services both in the hospital and in the communities.

Petauke is approximately 404km from Lusaka [capital of Zambia], 179.7km from Chipata [capital of Eastern District], and 477km from Lilongwe [Malawi].

The Challenge

  • Approximately 61% of Zambia’s population live in rural areas, ensuring access to services in rural areas is central to achieving national health goals.
  • In spite of great progress made in the fight against HIV/AIDS, it is still a leading cause of death in Zambia.
  • Other major health issues include: malaria, neonatal disorders, lower respiratory infections, tuberculosis, diarrheal diseases, ischemic heart disease and stroke.
  • While the majority of Zambia’s population live in rural areas, the total number of doctors, nurses, and midwives in rural areas stands at 7677compared to 9285 in urban area

About You

Medical Doctor:

  • A Medical Degree [MBBS or equivalent] and
  • A minimum of 3 years specialist training
  • Experience as a Hospital-based Doctor [desirable]
  • Experience in clinical teaching and mentoring [desirable]
  • Experience in surgery and obstetrics is required
  • Skills and knowledge in the following areas would be an advantage: anaesthesia, knowledge of HIV/Aids, anti-retroviral therapy and opportunistic infections, paediatrics and knowledge of tropical diseases and conditions.

How You Will Help

Palms prioritise placements where communities seek to empower themselves and this request provides that opportunity.  A medical doctor will assist to provide primary health care and develop the skills of current medical staff at Minga Mission Hospital.  As importantly, after spending some time becoming aware of the health and living circumstances of the community, s/he will be expected to: conduct ward rounds, attend to patients at the out-patient department and conduct general elective surgeries.


Note: The monthly living allowance enables you to live a modest local lifestyle. Based on the cost of living in a particular country, it covers food, your daily commute, communication and other local costs. It is not set to enable you to meet financial commitments at home, such as a mortgage or a personal loan.  It will not cover the costs of eating out and other entertainment. Read more about what is covered in our FAQ.

To find out more or to apply, please contact Christine O’Halloran, Programs & Placement Coordinator on 02 9560 5333 or at [email protected]


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