Pediatrician: Volunteer with CMMB in Zambia

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Are you a Pediatrician wanting to makea huge difference to women,children and communities in Zambia? Join our CMMB team in Zambia! Pediatricians are invited to join ourcommunity health programs to improve the health and wellbeing of the most vulnerable.

Volunteer Position: Pediatrician

Term: 3-12 months

Locations: Mwandi, Zambia

Program Description:

CMMB - Healthier Lives Worldwide is an international, faith-based NGO providing long-term, co-operative, medical and development aid to communities affected by poverty and unequal access to healthcare. Focusing on women’s and children health, our Children and Mothers Partnerships program (CHAMPS) provides effective support-and life-saving medical care-for pregnant women and newborns in eight communities across Haiti, Kenya, Peru, South Sudan, and Zambia. With a commitment to dignity and sustainability, we work at both the community and clinical levels in these targeted communities to strengthen health services and address the leading causes of maternal and child death.

CMMB’s Volunteer Program addresses the critical need for professionals in areas that lack sufficient resources for quality preventive and curative health services. For over a century, our Volunteer Program has placed thousands of practitioners around the world to help develop and implement community health interventions, work at local hospitals and health facilities, conduct clinical training for host country counterparts, and deliver essential medicines and supplies. The ultimate goal of CMMB's Volunteer Program is to support our country teams and local healthcare workers by sending volunteers that are dedicated to strengthening local health systems and supporting a pattern of sustainable development.

CMMB in Zambia:

CMMB Zambia has engaged and integrated communities in project planning and implementation in all 10 of Zambia’s provinces to strengthen health-seeking behaviors within families and communities and to improve access to and utilization of health services. CMMB has implemented programs aimed at improving the lives of vulnerable and underserved populations, collaborating with partners to provide life-saving medicines and medical equipment, health services, and health promotion initiatives to better the lives of vulnerable Zambians. Most recently, programs have focused on maternal and child health (including nutrition); community-based HIV prevention, including prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT); child protection, by strengthening systems and families; and voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC).

CMMB’s global strategy strives to improve health outcomes for women and children through its Children and Mothers Partnerships (CHAMPS) program. Each local program site is based at a local health facility and embodies CMMB’s commitment to work in that catchment area over 15 years. In Zambia, CHAMPS got its start in 2014 with a base at Mwandi Mission Hospital, in partnership with the Mwandi District Medical Office. There, activities work to: reduce maternal and child morbidity and mortality; improve nutritional outcomes; prevent HIV and provide adherence support to adults and children living with HIV; refer women with chronic illness for care and treatment; improve water and sanitation; increase livelihoods, reducing poverty and increasing families’ capacity to nurture their children and send them to school; and prevent and promote early detection and treatment of common childhood killers: diarrhea, pneumonia, malaria.

Placement Site: Mwandi, Zambia

RuralMwandi, a district established in 2012 along the Zambezi River, between Namibia and Zambia, is dependent on agriculture for its economy and hard to reach. Farmers live in isolated communities scattered across remote areas, without access to electricity and running water.

The soil is poor, its productivity low, and district poverty pervasive. Yields from the shallow water table are often saline, so women and children must walk long distances to access the scarce clean and safe water.

The two hospitals and 11 health facilities (HF) that serve the district, including Mwandi Mission Hospital, have limited supplies and equipment. Economic opportunities beyond subsistence agriculture are very limited.

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Position Summary:

Pediatricians will support CMMB’s mission by working with local communities’ health facilities and providing expertise, capacity building, and education to local staff. You will be responsible for treating children of all ages with various medical conditions, some not commonly found in the United States. Volunteers will educate families and communities in assisting with the physical and mental development of children. You will handle each case with proper ethical standards and practices to ensure the children’s well-being.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Facility Based

  • Responsible for examining, diagnosing, and treating children with a wide variety of injuries and illnesses
  • Collect and record medical information from patients, family members, or other medical professionals
  • Plan and execute medical care programs to aid in the mental and physical growth and development of children and adolescents
  • Prepare government or organizational reports of birth, death, and disease statistics, workforce evaluations, or medical status of individuals.
  • Explain procedures and discuss test results or prescribed treatments with patients and parents or guardians
  • Order and interpret investigations and test results
  • Administer vaccines and perform follow-up examinations
  • Provide primary health care education and preventative medicine to children and families including educating patients in disease prevention and health maintenance.

Community Based

  • Participate in various outreach projects within the community setting and in coordination with care teams and CMMB staff
  • Assist with the planning and implement project trainings for healthcare workers and community mobilizers

Capacity building

  • Volunteers work directly with hospital leadership and clinical staff on health service delivery, capacity building, on-the-job training and various outreach projects within the community setting
  • Facilitate training sessions to educate and train local staff on topics relevant to their profession and based on programmatic needidentified.
  • Participate in facility based continuing education and academic activities

Program Support

  • Record, maintain and report data to program staff to assist with grant applications and reporting needs.
  • Assist with the development of communication projects and outreach initiatives. Assess and report training, supplies and medicines needs to program staff as needed.
  • Collaborate with CMMB Volunteer Program team to provide input on prospective volunteers during vetting process and update materials for the Field Volunteer Orientation.
  • All other duties as assigned

Qualifications & Skill Requirements:

  • Must be 21 years of age or over
  • M.D, D.O or equivalent degree required
  • Residency training in Pediatrics.
  • Current, active license to practice medicine in good standing with licensing body
  • Board Certification/Eligible in Pediatrics/Internal Medicine
  • Minimum 1 year of experience as an independent licensed practitioner
  • Knowledge of professional and ethical standard of health care delivery and practice
  • Capacity to administer treatment to patients while dealing with them in a sympathetic and tactful manner
  • Ability to work and live with a diverse group of professionals
  • Familiarity and interest in global health issues, especially maternal and child health issues
  • Familiarity and interest in public and community health or preventative medicine
  • Willingness to endure resource-limited working conditions and evening/weekend hours
  • International experience or experience working in developing countries is preferred
  • Experience as a supervisor, manager, teacher, trainer and/or any relevant leadership activities is preferred

Interested? Apply today!

Benefits & Conditions:Each international volunteer who serves 3 months or longer in the field receives a round-trip ticket to their placement site, housing, a monthly stipend, insurance coverage, storytelling and fundraising training, and the opportunity to contribute to vital community development initiatives for under-served populations while building a longstanding legacy for the community. Volunteers are required to share stories from the field and cover part of the cost of their placement through fundraising/contributions.

To Apply: Submit an application online at

Contact:Email : Phone : 212-242-7757

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About CMMB


1212 Avenue of the Americas, Floor 11, New York, NY 10036, US

Mission Statement

Inspired by the example of Jesus, CMMB works in partnership globally to deliver locally sustainable, quality health solutions to women, children, and their communities.


CMMB is a leading faith-based NGO focused exclusively on global health care for the world’s poor, by building healthy, sustainable communities through community engagement and partnerships. Now entering its second century, CMMB is committed to integrating and focusing its programming around saving the lives of children and mothers by concentrating on leading causes of mortality in targeted communities.

Building around a new CHAMPS (CHildren And Mother PartnershipS) model, CMMB works at both the community and clinical levels in these targeted communities to strengthen health services and address the leading causes of maternal and child death. CMMB has committed to develop 20 CHAMPS sites by 2020, incorporating at least 3 in Haiti, Kenya, Peru, South Sudan, and Zambia.


Children & Youth
Health & Medicine
Children & Youth, Faith-Based, Health & Medicine


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Mwandi, 10036Zambia



  • Physician
  • Children Medical Services
  • Patient Care
  • Healthcare
  • Pediatrics




  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • 3-12, flexible

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