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December 30th, 2016 - 9:28 pm § in Africa

An orange ribbon for the pediatric ward

“And then I call it … the Orange Room”, with these words the Dutch ambassador cuts the orange ribbon and opens the new building for the pediatric ward. What started four years ago just once a week, has now become an important pillar of care in the clinic. Thanks to the Dutch Embass[...]

March 24th, 2015 - 8:06 pm § in Medical

About typhus and sour milk: Consultation in a Fulani village

Soulee is a young shepherd in the north of Senegal where the Fulani – a nomadic tribe – live. It is very hot and drought has turned the landscape into a desert. Soulee has completely wrapped his scarf around his head and over his mouth excluding heat and dust. This Sunday he travelled to[...]

June 29th, 2013 - 12:53 pm § in Medical, Africa

Wooden stethoscopes and statistics

The fifth pregnant patient enters the Madame Sy’s consultancy room, the head midwife of the district hospital. One sits on the examination table with a trainee, one next to her, one on a chair facing Madame Sy and two in a corner. While I wonder what privacy means in this culture I see a nice [&he[...]

April 23rd, 2012 - 4:01 pm § in Medical

Joy to the pediatric ward

Jessica has a sweet grandmother and a monkey. Her mother died from AIDS. She is 6 months, and has been infected with HIV and tuberculosis, a combination that we unfortunately see often. Her grandmother carries her in: malnourished and cramped- she weighs only 3 pounds. We’re glad she came,[...]

April 19th, 2012 - 6:17 pm § in Medical

Sadness at the Pediatric Ward

Knowing there are children dying in Africa is hard, but seeing a child die is terrible. Milani gasps for breath as he is brought into the Pediatric Ward, he’s only 2 months old. A severe pneumonia, maybe TB or HIV, it looks serious. I continuously walk in to see how he’s do[...]

April 13th, 2012 - 12:46 pm § in Medical, Africa

Myths around pregnancy

“When you eat an egg during pregnancy your baby will be born bald…” An American guest-gynecologist reveals some pregnancy myths. “And when you stretch both arms high up; the umbilical cord might get around the baby’s neck.” “We relate a circulating umbilical cord to a pregnant woma[...]

March 23rd, 2012 - 10:41 pm § in Medical, Church, Africa

Thursday in March

This Thursday in March was different than all other days so far. At 9 o’clock in the morning, an hour after the Morning Meeting, Jeanette, a surgical nurse, died. She was admitted the night before after a sudden severe stroke. Almost no one was working that morning, and a large group of collea[...]

March 7th, 2012 - 9:02 pm § in Medical, Africa

Movie of Bongolo Hospital

Seeing the great medical needs in the Bongolo area, the local church started to pray to God in the early 70’s that God would send a doctor. When a team of medical CAMA missionaries arrived in 1977 their prayer had been answered. The small dispensary grew to what today is known as the Bongolo Hospi[...]

March 1st, 2012 - 9:49 pm § in Medical, Africa, News

Working in a jungle hospital

“You are unique, there is nobody in the world like you. God has created you with talents and he has a place for you to show his love in this world.” The pastor pressed these encouraging words at the heart of the hospital staff this Tuesday morning. “It makes no sense to compare y[...]

January 31st, 2012 - 8:40 pm § in Medical

Bongolo Hospital

From 6 February till early May 2012 we are at Bongolo Hospital. Tabitha is currently working at the CAMA hospital while Jan practices his French with the children. The hospital is located in the small village of Lebamba which is in the middle of the rain forest!  The closest airport is a 2.5 hour d[...]