COVID-19 preparations at Bongolo Hospital

On Monday, March 23, 2020, Bongolo had it’s first suspected COVID-19 case. A patient came through the checkpoint station with a fever, a cough and shortness of breath. The patient also reported being exposed to a couple of people from Libreville while at a gathering in the interior of the Read more…

From Darkness to Light: the Bongolo Eye Clinic

On February 18, 2020 the eye clinic moved into a brand new building. It was constructed over the last 4 years after getting the good news in December 2013 that American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA), a branch of USAID, would be providing a $600,000 grant toward its construction. 63 Read more…

Dr. Sam Fabiano, Bongolo’s 18th PAACS Graduate – “Stir up one another to love and good works” Hebrews 10:24

Dr. Samuel Chimbioputo Sassamela Fabiano is Bongolo Hospital’s most recent PAACS graduate. The PAACS (Pan-African Academy of Christian Surgeons) program trains African physicians to Western standards in surgery while at the same time discipling them in their Christian faith. Dr. Sam has studied for over 18 years post secondary, across Read more…

The Marvel in the Maternity Department

Merveilleux is a French word that translates into English as wonderful, marvelous, great, wondrous, lovely, miraculous. One baby girl, aptly named by her parents, Merveilleux, is Bongolo’s youngest surviving baby ever to be born at Bongolo Hospital.  On January 10th of this year, Doctors Izzi Elliott and Renee Valach worked Read more…

Clearing Needed for “Take Off”

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Steve and Alace Straw and their family are in Gabon as missionaries with Air Calvary. They are also with IFAP,  the International Fellowship of Alliance Professionals.  They have come to open the first ever Air Ambulance service to the Bongolo Hospital. They live in Libreville, capital city of Gabon.
Steve wrote that over the past 5 months they have laid the foundation for the program and they are ready to start flights as soon as an aircraft is in place. They have approximately $145,000 to go to reach their goal of $650,000 to purchase a suitable airplane that has a large carrying capacity as well as the ability to get into and out of short airstrips.  In the meantime, they have been granted access to use an aircraft belonging to a Belgium agricultural company based here, in Gabon.  So, what’s the hold up?  Read on! (more…)

First Gabonese PAACS Resident!

In 1994, a dream was launched of training Gabonese surgeons and that dream triggered the conversations that led to the birth of PAACS. In 2009 it came true! Dr. Simplice TCHOBA with his wife Neni, a dentist, and one child arrived at Bongolo Hospital as a PAACS resident. Both trained Read more…

Final Day of School Year!

On June 13 the Nursing students met at the school at 9am for their last day of their second year of classes. After cleaning the school classrooms and office everyone sat around in a circle and had a sandwich lunch. Songs were sung then came some testimonies of how God Read more…

Fire!

Mid afternoon on Friday January 17th there was a city power outage at the Bongolo Hospital and Station. The emergency generator was started. Dr. Zach O’Connor went frequently to see if the city power was on so he could switch the hospital back to it and turn off the generator.  Read more…

Outpatient Medical Clinic

Another new building is going up at the Hospital. It will be an Outpatient Medical Clinic for doctors and nurses who consult adult patients. The original building where they consulted was very old and was torn down. They have been working out of a temporary building until this new building Read more…

PAACS Graduation 2013!

PAACS held its 9th graduation ceremony and celebration at Bongolo Hospital on July 28 for Dr.Philadelphie Dembele (Mali) and Dr. Ruffin Loua (Guinea-Conakry), the 9th and 10th graduates from Bongolo (27th and 28th from PAACS). During the same ceremony, Bongolo Hospital’s 3-year ophthalmology training program (POB) graduated its first ophthalmology Read more…