Since March 2017, MSF has been running pediatric hospital services in a public hospital in Zahle, a city in the Bekaa Valley where there are an estimated 500,000 Syrian refugees.
18-month-old Bayan, who had severe dehydration and diarrhoea accompanied by a high fever, was admitted to the paediatric ward that MSF runs in Elias Haraoui Governmental Hospital in Zahle.
LEBANON 2018 © Florian SERIEX/MSF
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URGENT FIELD NEED - Pediatric Intensivists

Every day, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)  aid workers from around the world provide assistance to people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe—treating those most in need regardless of political, religious, or economic interest. Whether an emergency involves armed conflicts or epidemics, malnutrition or natural disasters, Doctors Without Borders is committed to bringing quality medical care to people caught in crisis.

CONTEXT

Five years after the start of the Syrian conflict, the impact on neighboring Lebanon is huge - Lebanon is hosting 1.5 million Syrian refugees, including 400.000 in Bekaa Valley where the MSF project is located. In addition, the country is hosting more than 300,000 Palestinian refugees due to earlier waves of displacement.

Syrian, Palestinian and vulnerable Lebanese populations are affected by physical and economic barriers to access affordable, quality health services, especially at secondary and tertiary levels where costs are higher and hospital stay longer.

PICU services in Lebanon are very few countrywide and most of them are private health facilities. Children in need of intensive care are often taken to adult intensive care units where families have to cover the expenses.

WHAT WE DO IN LEBANON

In collaboration with the Ministry of Health, MSF has opened a pediatric unit in a Lebanese public hospital located in Bekaa Valley, Lebanon. The goal is to provide free of charge pediatric care to Syrian and Palestinian refugees, as well as vulnerable Lebanese children aged 1 month - 15 years old. This unit includes a general ward, an intensive and intermediate care unit and surgical capacities.

The intensive and intermediate care unit has, respectively, 2 beds (possible expansion to 4) and 4 beds (possible expansion to 6). The role of the intensive care specialist will be to run, in collaboration with Lebanese intensivists, the unit, to participate in the implementation of MSF medical protocols and bed-side care and to work in conjunction and as part of a referral system with other hospitals, health facilities and universities. The candidate will be part of a medical team and will work as part of the pediatric service.

For more details about our operations in Lebanon: http://www.msf.org/en/where-we-work/lebanon

WHAT WILL I DO?

-Apply MSF protocols and evidence-based medical knowledge to help diagnose and improve patient care

-Provide appropriate patient and family education about diseases and their management

-Follow up of hospitalized children and daily consultations in collaboration with the Lebanese medical team (on a shift basis)

-Participate in the overall effort of ongoing pediatric training (formal and bedside) of nurses and junior colleagues in order to optimize the quality of pediatric care

-Review and discuss selected cases and give technical input

-Participate in morbidity and mortality meetings

WHAT DO I NEED IN ORDER TO APPLY?

-Availability for a minimum of 1 month  

-At least 2 years relevant professional experience in pediatric critical care medicine

-Valid medical license and certification in pediatric critical care medicine

-Speaking Arabic is an asset but not required

HOW CAN I APPLY

Please submit a cover letter and CV (Subject: MSF PICU application) to douglas.mercer@newyork.msf.org

Successful candidates will be contacted for an interview