May 5, 2024 Congo – Medical Residency Program
Congo - Medical Residency Program
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GoalThe goal of this project is to provide 8 Congolese medical residents with quality medical training.
SummaryThis project seeks to raise $6,700 per person each year to give 8 medical residents quality training at the Vanga Evangelical Hospital in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
DescriptionEffective medical education plays a crucial role in delivering quality healthcare to limited resource/ low-income communities. At Vanga Evangelical Hospital in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, medical residents undergo comprehensive training in family medicine, hospital administration, and spiritual care. Established in the 1970s by the late Dr. Dan Fountain (a distinguished American Baptist International Ministries' medical missionary) this residency program continues with its purpose to formally cultivate and empower Congolese doctors for the provision of healthcare in rural areas. The residency training program is undergoing a strategic transformation to add two additional residents per year by developing two additional training rotations at rural Baptist hospitals. Effectively led by doctors who are graduates of the Vanga residency program and are willing to mentor residents, these hospitals offer the residents opportunities in even more remote locations where the needs are great and the resources even fewer. To support this initiative, medical educators from D.R. Congo who have completed their family practice residency stay on as teaching doctors in Vanga. In addition, doctors from Europe and the USA volunteer their time and expertise to train these aspiring Congolese medical doctors. The program's expansion has led to an increase in the budget. The project’s total cost is $160,950 over 3 years, or $53,650 per year.
Suggested GiftsA monthly commitment of $560 would support 1 family medicine resident. A gift of $1,120 would support 2 residents’ training for one month. A gift of $6,700 would cover the cost to train 1 medical resident annually. A generous gift of $20,100 would pay for 3 medical residents in their training program for a year.
Prayer RequestsPray that God will raise up well-qualified Christian Congolese doctors to join the residency training program. Pray that the graduates of this residency will put vision into action to show God’s love in word and deed in the rural communities where they go to serve. Pray for the graduates who will serve in rural Baptist hospitals where they may be the only physician for as many as 50,000 people.
Managed ByRice, Kathy & Tim