Medical Work Teams

Bongolo Hospital has a limited number of openings each year for short-term medical volunteers who can pay their own expenses. In general we have five categories of medical volunteers:

  • Board-certified surgeons, GI endoscopists, pathologists, and radiologists who want to help train and disciple our PAACS residents.
  • Ophthalmologists, optometrists, and ophthalmology nurses
  • Non-surgical physician specialists.
  • Laboratory technicians, X-ray technicians, biomedical engineers or technicians, physical therapists, and chiropractors.
  • Medical students and nurses.

Sending Agencies

  • Surgeons (and the other specialty physicians listed above) wishing to help train and disciple the PAACS residents at Bongolo Hospital should go through Samaritan’s Purse (World Medical Mission) but please first contact Joanna at: (
  • Ophthalmologists and optometrists wishing to help out short term should go through Samaritan’s Purse (World Medical Mission) but please first contact Joanna at: ( For more information about the Eye Clinic contact Dr. Wendy Hofman at

Special Considerations

  • Nurses and medical students must be able to speak and understand French to serve at Bongolo Hospital, since their work requires them to work semi-independently. Apart from the missionary team, the hospital has no translators, and fewer than 1% of Gabonese speak English.
  • PAACS residents must be fluent in English to be accepted, so physicians working with the PAACS residents do not need to speak or understand French.
  • Non-surgical physician specialists who do not speak French will need to work with members of our missionary team. This will limit the number of volunteers we can accept, since it depends on their availability.
  • Since the hospital is a ministry of the Gabon Alliance Church to help the sick and share with them the good news of Jesus Christ, all volunteers must be unashamed followers of Jesus Christ and willing to conform their lifestyles to meet the Gabon Alliance Church’s standards.
  • Volunteers must be able to pay all their own expenses in advance.

Diseases in Gabon

The following links will help you understand some of the diseases that are treated at the Bongolo Hospital.




  • Wikipedia article.
  • UNAIDS website
  • “AIDS in Africa:Three senarios to 2025″ document from UNAIDS

Immediate Needs List

If you are coming to Bongolo Hospital as a visitor and can bring any of the following, these items are now needed:

  • Vancomycin vials for IV use for treatment of shunt infections.
  • Dental anesthesia (vials)
  • Loratidine (Claritin) 10 mg (available as a generic at WalMart)
  • Metronidazole (Flagyl), IV for intravenous admin.
  • **Diphenhydramine (Benedryl) oral
  • Bactrim IV (Trimethoprim and Sulfamethoxazole) for Intravenous. admin.
  • Fluconazole Intraveneous
  • Xeroform gauze
  • Bacitracin Ointment
  • Ephedrin
  • Artificial Tears, Visine, Visine Allergy