Dental Hygienist

Central Asia, Medical / Health, 12-23 months, 2+ years / Job ID: 1071

This organisation aims to develop the professional skills of dental workers in Kyrgyzstan and to raise good leaders who will serve the country.

The job will involve teaching the local hygienists and setting up a Public Dental Health Care project for the children in an orphanage or a rural village.There are also opportunities for technicians to train local technicians.

The person should be qualified and experienced in working at dental clinics teaching and training local staff. The person should be flexible and humble in attitude eager to learn the local culture and language and be responsible for others.

Dental Technician

Central Asia, Medical / Health, 12-23 months, 2+ years / Job ID: 1072

This organisation aims to develop the professional skills of dental workers and raise good leaders who will serve the country.

The job involves teaching and training the local dental technicians.

The person should be qualified and experienced in working at dental clinics teaching and training local staff. The person should be flexible and humble in attitude eager to learn the local culture and language and be able to take responsibility for others.

Dental Hygienist

Central Asia, Medical / Health, 2+ years / Job ID: 1451

The organization educates dental professionals (dentists hygienists and dental technicians). It also teaches preventive dental hygiene to children from low-income families. It operates dental clinics as a self-sustainable business model.

The hygienist will provide preventive hygiene education for dental health and simple checks and treatment.

An experienced hygienist is needed.

Medical Professionals

Central Asia, Medical / Health, 1-11 months / Job ID: 1452

We are doctors working with local doctors to create a business as mission. We have a clinic in the capital but are also interested in other areas in the country.

Doctors and nurses can do on-site work with a translator. Specialists can also come and help teach with a translator.

RNs MDs DOs with any skill set. There is also another local clinic and a homeless center that can use some help.

Counselor/Psychologist

Central Asia, Medical / Health, 2+ years / Job ID: 1473

The NGO was started in 1996 to address issues of under-employment among women. They started training women in agriculture and learned that many husbands were leaving for work in other countries but were being illegally trafficked. So they started education on immigration rights. According to the director religious extremism is a growing issue which they wish to address.

They are interested in a trained counselor or psychologist to work with women and young men who are the victims of trafficking religious extremism domestic violence and other issues.

They are looking for someone willing to make a long-term commitment as building relationships and understanding how people communicate takes a long time. A willingness to learn the language is essential but you could also work through a translator. Proficiency in language to be able to work without a translator could take 5+ years.

The Great Physician

2020 has been a very challenging time for the world. All of us have found ourselves in a different situation than we anticipated at the start of the year. Personally, it has brought a sudden halt to my work. Worldwide border restrictions have left me unexpectedly outside of my country of service. But along with the frustration, it has given me a chance to reflect on the past two years since I went overseas to work.

I had been living in an Asian city on a high plateau. After a period of language study, I started work as a doctor in the obstetrics and ultrasound departments of a local hospital. It was a really challenging start but I began to learn that to be accepted in a local context requires patience, humility and a healthy respect for the people and systems that surround you. As my relationships improved, so did the opportunities. Despite my basic language skills, I was invited to begin formal clinical teaching.

God had given me a vision to bring learning opportunities and up-to-date skills to people who lack access to them so that they, in turn, can better serve their own people. It is also my desire that healthcare workers may come to know Jesus, the Great Physician, and serve patients with the compassion that reflects His love for the world. As the initial months passed by, I found myself busy doing all the much-needed “good” things. Most of my days were occupied by acquiring general and medical language, preparing lessons and getting to know my colleagues and the culture of the hospitals. I was also learning about day-to-day clinical work in that context. As time passed by, I found little time to do anything else. While the response to my teaching was good, I had neither the time nor language ability to talk about the deeper issues of faith.

As I got more involved in the day-to-day working environment, a different set of challenges become apparent. Why is a stillborn baby treated with less care than a live birth? Why is life-saving treatment delayed while waiting for the family to make necessary phone calls to find the money to pay for it? Why is terminating a pregnancy the only option offered when certain maternal or fetal risks become known? Why is general decision-making done so differently to what I know as best-practice? Should we not treat a person, dead or alive, with or without money, with dignity? Should we not as healthcare workers give patients balanced advice regarding their choices? The underlying issues behind these questions are complex and I began to see that the foundations have something to do with how we view the value of a person. I believe that each person—each patient—is created in the image of God, valuable and priceless, and this affects how I treat them. But how can I show this to my colleagues?

One day, a lady doctor whom I had been working with asked me if I was someone with faith. I was surprised with this unexpected question as I had not yet had any direct conversations about matters of faith. I asked her the reason for her question. She had noticed an incident where a patient’s decision had upset me. From my reaction, she concluded that I must be someone with faith. We discussed the issues surrounding it, particularly the value of every life. That day I realised that I can begin by helping one person change one aspect of their worldview at a time, even though I’d like to change everything at once! This was exciting. It is possible, with the help of the Great Physician, to point others to Him through our daily choices and conduct.

We need evidence-based medical practices to improve patient outcomes. But just as importantly, we also need to model through our daily work the compassion and love that the Great Physician has for each life. Go, love the world, just as Jesus does.

Hannah is an obstetrician living and working in Asia.
Names have been changed.

Dietician/Nutritionist

Central Asia, Medical / Health, 1-11 months / Job ID: 1682

A non-profit international development and humanitarian organization established for over 30 years and receiving support from the World Bank USAID and others.

The ideal candidate will initiate and develop materials for health promotion projects and develop resources for families to help them increase the weight of children with cerebral palsy and developmental delay. They may also be asked to train medical staff.

It would be helpful to have some research experience or experience of working with patients on changing their diet following a stroke diabetes hypertension or heart disease in order to develop materials.

Therapist (Physio/Occupation.)

South Asia, Medical / Health, 1-11 months, 12-23 months, 2+ years, Consultant, Elective / Job ID: 1463

This is a development project situated in a rural area. It has a training school for midwives nurses and community workers a community development work a research hub an English-speaking school up to age 16 and a 150-bed hospital (with obstetric gynaecology surgical medical and paediatric departments). There is also a Rehab department for children where mainly children with cerebral palsy are seen but also other children with disabilities. There is a clubfoot program and assistive devices are produced on location.

The project is seeking a physiotherapist or occupational therapist who can support the rehab team with training and with the management of patients with needs outside of the normal problems.

Physiotherapist or Occupational Therapist. Some clinical experience is preferred

Medical Students

South Asia, Medical / Health, 1-11 months / Job ID: 721

This started as a community health and development project expanded to include a hospital and now has training and research departments. Their wholistic health approach works for spiritual physical social and emotional transformation.

Duties would include participation (under staff supervision) in all the daily activities of ward rounds outpatient clinics surgery and emergency calls. Participants would develop skills in history-taking (through available translation) physical examination appropriate lab x-ray evaluation and differential diagnoses in a rural hospital context as well as common procedures and would assist in surgeries when possible. There would be opportunity to study the diseases and conditions encountered each day especially those endemic to developing countries and most importantly be a model of Christian compassion in attitudes and actions toward patients and staff.

Qualifying participants will be enrolled in the final year of an accredited medical school in their country of origin and have a personal commitment to Christ and a desire to be involved in advancing his kingdom.

Physiotherapist

Arab World, Medical / Health, 1-11 months, 12-23 months, 2+ years / Job ID: 387

Various projects work with mentally and physically disabled children.

The role will involve working with disabled children and training nationals.

We need a trained physiotherapist who is able to be flexible and adaptable.