December 4, 2023 Congo – Better Health Care in Baptist Hospitals
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[world map] Africa Democratic Republic of the Congo push-pin Democratic Republic of the Congo
Health and Wellness Health and Wellness
GoalThe goal of this project is to improve the quality of health care provided by the growing network of Baptist hospitals in Congo.
SummaryThis project seeks to raise $39,215 annually in order to provide care and healing for more than 100,000 patients in Congo.
DescriptionImagine being ill and arriving at the hospital only to discover it has no imaging equipment to diagnose your condition. The microscope in the lab is so old that the lenses are foggy. The hospital doesn’t have electricity or running water. In the Congo, patients walk for miles to reach a Baptist hospital because of their reputation for welcoming patients, giving good medical and surgical treatment, and sending people home healed, while keeping fees as low as possible. There is great confidence in the Baptist hospitals because they have invested in training Congolese doctors and nurses. Now the need is to invest in outfitting each hospital with ultrasound machines and to train staff in operating them. There is a growing number of diabetic patients and the hospitals need equipment to measure kidney functions in order to provide treatment. This project will replace old and weathered medical buildings with new ones built to standard with solar energy and running water. Some hospitals need new operating tables, delivery beds and baby scales. Whenever equipment is replaced, it enhances diagnosis and patient care capabilities. New equipment is constantly needed as hospitals grow their patient base and the number of services they offer. The total cost of this project is $117,647 over 3 years, or $39,215 per year.
Suggested GiftsA gift of $1,000 will provide a set of basic surgical instruments, solar lighting for the operating room in 1 hospital and ophthalmology instruments & training for 1 nurse. A gift of $2,000 will provide an ECG machine and its energy source, paint, expoxy floor paint, window screens and replacing doorknobs in 1 hospital. A gift of $5,000 would provide an ultrasound machine, high frequency probe and needed accessories to provide an independent energy source for the machine. A gift of $10,000 will purchase an anesthesia machine, 4 microscopes with solar capacity, 10 sets of basic surgical instruments, and 2 sets of basic biochemistry lab equipment.
Prayer RequestsPray that as CBCO grows rural health centers into hospitals, that there will be adequately trained personnel and up to date medical equipment. Thank God for the growing number of doctors and nurses trained at Vanga hospital. Pray that as traditional mission hospitals are refreshed with the acquisition of basic medical equipment, it will mean patients in Kwily, Kwango, Congo Centrale and Kinshasa will get medical/surgical care closer to home.
Managed ByNiles, Katherine & Wayne