December 4, 2017
Congo – Medical Residency Program
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Health and Wellness
GoalThe goal of this project is to provide 8 residents with quality medical training who will go on to serve in remote hospitals throughout the region.
SummaryThis project seeks to raise $14,118 per year in order to provide 8 medical residents with quality training at the Vanga Evangelical Hospital in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
DescriptionQuality medical training is essential for good care in low resourced communities. Medical residents at the Vanga Evangelical Hospital in the Congo, are trained in family medicine, hospital administration and basic clinical research. A $125 monthly stipend helps attract the best medical students. The doctors who are trained at Vanga go on to serve in other remote hospitals throughout this region, multiplying the impact of this program.
This residency training program was started in the 1970s by Dr. Dan Fountain, a well-known American Baptist International Ministries’ medical missionary. The project was re-purposed in 2015 as a means to formally raise up and equip Congolese doctors to provide health care in rural areas. Access to trained medical doctors impacts mortality rates, decreases life-style related diseases such as diabetes and hypertension, improves nutrition and increases overall public health and wellness for rural communities. This program recruits teachers from Europe and the USA, who volunteer their time and expertise to train these Congolese medical residents.
The project total cost is $42,355 for three years, or $14,118 per year. Funds will support 8 residents and enable expatriate doctors to visit and teach. The money will cover expenses for meals, transportation, communication with families, training supplies and teaching materials.
Suggested Gifts$1,000 would provide support for 8 medical residents to receive training for approximately 1 month.
$5,000 would support 8 residents to receive medical training for approximately 5 months.
$10,000 would support 8 residents in their training program for 10 months.
Prayer RequestsPray for God to raise up interested medical students as many institutions in Congo are searching for well-trained doctors.
Pray that the graduates of this program will go on to impact both individual and public health in their communities.