We always have plenty of projects going on at Bongolo Hospital and you’re invited to help! If you want to visit, please contact bongolo.visitor@gmail.com

Non-Medical Volunteers

Bongolo has housing available for volunteers who want to come assist in the multitude of non-medical projects at the hospital. Here’s a partial list of skills we can use:

  • Carpentry
  • Mechanical
  • Construction
  • IT/Computer
  • Inventory Management
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • Teachers / Homeschoolers

Medical Volunteers

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.

Additional considerations include:

  • Nurses and medical students must be able to speak and understand French.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Surgeons, specialty physicians, ophthalmologists, and optometrists wishing to help train and disciple the PAACS residents at Bongolo Hospital should go through Samaritan’s Purse (World Medical Mission) but first please contact bongolo.visitor@gmail.com

Click here for more details about short-term visits for ophthalmologists.

About Gabon

Demographics

  • Population—1,979,786 (2016)
  • Capital City—Libreville (703,940 pop 2013)
  • Literacy rate—63% (1995 est.)

Health

  • Access to safe drinking water: 70% (2000)
  • Access to adequate sanitation: 21% (2000)
  • Maternal mortality rate: 260/100,000 births (2010)
  • Lifetime risk of death for pregnant women: 1/110
  • Under-5 mortality rate: 71/1000 (2010)
    • Neonatal morality = 36% of the Under-5
  • Low birth-weight: 10% (2010)
  • Life expectancy: 52.06 (2014)
  • Endemic Diseases Immunization
    • Tuberculosis: 97%
    • Polio: 65%
    • DPT: 37%
    • Measles: 56%
  • HIV/AIDS 5.2% population (ages 15-49)
  • Deaths from AIDS: 2400 (2009)

Languages

  • French (80%, Official language)
  • Fang (32%)
  • Myene
  • Bateke
  • Bapounou/Eschira
  • Bandjabi

Ethnicity/Race

  • Bantu tribes (including Fang, Punu, Nzeiby, Mbede)—88.7%
  • Other Africans and Europeans—11.3%

Geography

With an area slightly smaller than Colorado, Gabon (103,346 sq. mi.) is mostly covered by dense tropical forest, with coastal lowlands, plateaus, and mountains.

Economy

  • Per capita income—$8,600
    • Unusually high for the region. However, a skewed income distribution and poor social indicators are evident. The richest 20% of the population earn over 90% of the income while about a third lives in poverty.
  • Inflation—1.5%
  • Unemployment—21%
  • Oil: 81% exports and 43% of GDP

Government/Political Climate

Gabon is a republic with a presidential form of government under the 1961 constitution (revised in 1975, rewritten in 1991, and revised in 2003). The president is elected by universal suffrage for a seven-year term; a 2003 constitutional amendment removed presidential term limits and facilitated a presidency for life. The president can appoint and dismiss the prime minister, the cabinet, and judges of the independent Supreme Court. The president also has other strong powers, such as authority to dissolve the National Assembly, declare a state of siege, delay legislation, and conduct referenda.

Despite the democratic system of government, the Freedom in the World report lists Gabon as “not free”, and elections in 2016 have been disputed.

Religion

  • Christian 73%
  • Animist 10%
  • Muslim 12%
  • Atheist 5%

Lots of Questions?

We have lots of answers in our visitor packet! Download this document to complete your visa application and to orient you to the travel logistics for your trip. For other questions, contact your point person at Bongolo.