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Centre Medical Evangelique, Bunia, DR Congo

Centre Medical Evangelique, Bunia, DR Congo

Posted by: Dr. James Campbell, September 2013

CME is a cooperative effort by seven churches in northeastern DR Congo to offer medical care.  Bunia is a rapidly growing city of about 400,000 near Lake Albert, which forms the border with Uganda.  The land is fertile and rich in gold and minerals.  The region is struggling to recover after a long history of despotic government followed by 10 years of war ending in 2003.  That war destroyed the original CME hospital sited near Bunia in the village of Nyankunde.

The CME Hospital in Bunia is a very basic facility, yet one of the only in the Bunia region with a functioning operating room capacity.  Life in this city and country remain very challenging in all regards.  Medically, there is almost no specialist level care available in the city, and visiting specialists will continue to have an important role in the years to come.  Dr. Philip Wood, a general surgeon and life time medical missionary in Congo, has been the principal surgeon over the years.  Dr.James Campbell and Dr. Nick Bauman, both of Orillia, Ontario, have provided short term surgical support.  Dr. Rebecca Walker, Barrie, Ontario, and Dr. Christie Goossen, Waterloo, Ontario, are both anesthesiologists who have supported a post graduated nurse-anaesthetist training program.  The hospital trains young interns and nurses of  ISTM, the most important nursing school in northeastern DRC.  It  is also managed by CME and is located beside the hospital.

Canadian surgical support for this project is greatly appreciated.  French language a great asset in this former Belgian colony.

Send enquiries to: Dr James Campbell, jcampbel@vianet.ca