April 29th, 2024 - 16:36 § in Church, Medical

Vision for healthcare: Barthimee Hospital

Hospital Barthimee, established in 2005, is Senegal’s only Protestant hospital. It is about an hour and a half drive from Dakar. It is a second-line hospital with 2 operating rooms, 70 beds and several specialties (internal medicine, cardiology, ophthalmology, gynecology, etc.). The vision is to move more toward mother-child care with recently a new gynecologist and soon a pediatrician. Free cleftlip surgery is offered.

Tabitha has been a member of the board since 2018, working to provide good quality care and a Christian witness in the mid-sized city. That means attending meetings, inspiring the personel, praying and helping out whenever possible. For example, the mission has contributed to solar panels on the hospital roof and we sometimes host short-term medical staff. The hospital has had a tough couple of years, but recently we celebrated the establishment of the first 5-year vision plan. It’s exciting to look ahead together and seeing what the Lord will do through this medical work.

April 29th, 2024 - 16:20 § in Medical

Palliative home care with church volunteers

Mané*, a staff member at the Christian Nursing School, has begun an ambitious project: palliative home care visits with church members. Care for the dying is little developed in the health care system, and culturally family members also struggle how to deal with this properly. Mané has a big heart[...]

June 6th, 2023 - 14:16 § in Africa, Medical

Life lessons in the classroom

“In my community, respect for traditions is an important value: certain illnesses require sacrifices and spiritual rituals.” Although I (Tabitha) am the one in front of the class at this lesson on community health at the nursing school, I am learning at least as much myself. The students[...]

June 6th, 2023 - 13:58 § in Africa, Medical

From a teaching hospital to the countryside: the story of Dr. Brian*

We have a new doctor at the Galle Kisal clinic in northern Senegal! Dr. Brian is not just any doctor: he has a ton of experience and is training to be an infectiologist. Why did he trade a well-paid job in a teaching hospital for work as a rural doctor? He doesn’t have a clear […][...]

February 28th, 2023 - 13:50 § in Africa

It starts with one sheep

When Sidy came to faith, his business collapsed. He was looked down upon by colleagues and family, and no one was buying his merchandise anymore. But Sidy didn’t sit back. He bought a sheep, and then another and slowly expanded his flock. He was happy when he was finally able to resell a sheep[...]

February 28th, 2023 - 13:41 § in Church

Eighty doctors and nurses and thousands of sheep

A group of young shepherds stand chatting on the street corner at dusk. A nurse starts talking to them and he shares about the forgiveness he has experienced through Jesus. The boys listen intently; they have never heard this before![...]

October 12th, 2022 - 10:51 § in Africa

Community health in northern Senegal

A surprised smile followed by a heartfelt welcome as we enter a small, thatched hut where an old man is sitting on a mat on the floor. Seydi has been semi-paralyzed since his stroke, and he is unable to come to the clinic. Although surrounded by family members, he is in bad shape. Our new […][...]

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