Thank you for being a committed partner to the Congo Clinic Initiative!
We are so thankful for your financial support, prayers, and interest in Congo. Our ultimate hope is for each person to develop a knowledgeable heart for Congo. That’s why we provide resources for you to learn, grow, and be transformed through this partnership. Please feel free to use these resources in your family, your church, your organization, and with your circle of friends.
Merci mingi! Thank you!
Fall 2018 Congo Clinic Initiative Reports
Meet Trésor Moolo
Trésor is originally from Gemena, DR Congo, and now lives in the U.S., studying civil engineering. But he’s already an experienced water engineering expert! Last year we hired Trésor to support technicians in Congo to create clean water sources near clinics and hospitals. Trésor just returned from his second trip to Congo where he saw the progress first-hand. Five water sources have been completed in the area: Bogose Nubea/Bodea, Bogose Konu, Boyamalanga, Boyasabago, and Gilinga. Trésor is doing an amazing job encouraging and motivating his colleagues in Congo! We are thankful for his leadership.
Bogose Nubea Health Zone Report
986 Live Births
2 Maternal Deaths
3 Neonatal Deaths
- We visited all clinics in the area, however we experienced many difficulties because of poor roads and broken bridges.
- Due to recent Ebola outbreaks in Congo, we visited villages, schools, churches, and markets and taught how to identify the Ebola virus and apply practical measures to avoid contamination and spread of the disease.
- 5 clean water sources have been built near clinics.
Dr. Gigal Ngombo Matondo
Director of the Bogose Nubea Health Zone
Meet Dr. Valerie Bangabutu Bendele
Dr. Valerie is the Karawa Health Zone director. In 2016, she left for Belgium to complete a Masters in Public Health degree. After completion, she returned to Congo and resumed her role.
Karawa Health Zone Report
In March, we traveled 18km to the Bomago clinic. When we arrived, a woman who was about to give birth to twins was bleeding profusely. We quickly brought her back to Karawa Hospital where we were able to give her a blood transfusion and save her newborn twins.
- Pray for personal health and protection because since the beginning of this year we have lost 3 nurses.
- Pray for all healthcare providers, because the working conditions are precarious.
Dr. Valerie Bangabutu Bendele
Director of the Karawa Health Zone
Meet Mark Thornbloom
Mark is the grandson of Wally and Sarah Thornbloom and son of Bob and Jan Thornbloom (all former Congo missionaries). He grew up in Karawa, DR Congo. Currently, Mark is a mechanical engineer with experience in solar, hydro, wind, and sustainable development. We hired Mark last year to support water technicans in Congo who are developing clean water sources near clinics and hospitals. In the Loko Health Zone, two sources are complete and three more are planned for the fall. We are thankful for Mark’s contribution to PCP!
Loko Health Zone Report
- The proportion of the population with access to safe drinking water increased from 9% to 11% due to new water sources at Dambalia and Gbuda villages.
- Sexual violence cases reduced from 19 cases in 1 1/2 months to 5 cases in 1 1/2 months due to a communication plan involving local authorities and the community.
Dr. Doudou Kanyona Kitenge
Director of the Loko Health Zone
Kokpobe (ko-po-bay) was a young man from the village of Koto about five and half miles north of Wasolo. Kokpobe was looking for a way to pay his school fees and chose to pick some coconuts off a local tree. Unfortunately, he fell and a small branch pierced his diaphragm and punctured his spleen.
When the hospital received Kokpobe, the prognosis was grim. However, as the doctors tell the story, by the grace of God they were able to remove the branch and save the boy’s life.
Wasolo Health Zone Report
Maternal mortality: 0 deaths since Oct. 2017
Neonatal mortality: 5% reduced to 2% – 3% between Oct. 2017- June 2018
We continue with nutritional field work using moringa, soy, and peanuts to reduce the high rate of children with malnutrition in our health zone.
Dr. Eddy Yangakele
Director of the Wasolo Health Zone
About two years ago, pregnant women and others in the community expressed the desire for a maternity ward next to the Bethsaida clinic. They wished they could give birth near home instead of traveling a dangerously long distance to Bumba Hospital. Today, their wishes have come true. A maternity ward has been built with local materials and the community is overjoyed.
Activity Report for Clinics Outside Health Zones
Thanks to the refrigerator gift in January 2018, blood transfusion is achievable, thereby avoiding anemia-related deaths in children.
We also made health providers aware of preventive measures to fight the Ebola virus.
Thanks to solar light we found that clinics are now able to perform c-sections and emergency interventions at night.
Clinics have seen the quality and access to care improved through the regular supply of donated medicines.
Dr. Ali Ramazani Jonathan
Director of the Bumba Health Zone
DOWNLOADS & VIDEOS
2018 CCI Update
Gilinga Clinic Dedication Ceremony
Message from President Mboka
CCI Quarterly Newsletter
The CCI Quarterly Newsletter is our main way to send you stories about our partners, updates about CCI projects, and ways to develop a knowledgeable heart for Congo in your family, church, or organization. Feel free to download the resources below.
Show your church how your support is making a difference in Congo. Includes music!
The Congo Clinic Experience Kit
Build a Congo clinic at your church so your congregation can experience what it is like for a Congolese family to receive medical care in Congo.
Click here for the resources and video.
RAISE SUPPORT FOR THE CLINICS
Fundraising for the Congo Clinic Initiative can be really fun!
Check out the creative ways many clinic sponsors have raised support for the clinics in Congo.
PCP AT YOUR CHURCH
The Paul Carlson Partnership staff would love to visit your church! Here is a sample of what we are available to do:
Preach on Sunday morning
Teach in Sunday morning school classes (adult, youth, or children)
Give a CCI presentation
Special music concerts by our Executive Director, Renée Hale
Meet with leadership teams, mission committees, medical professionals, or other small groups
Members of our Board of Directors are also available to visit your home, church, or group! Please contact us and let us know if you are interested in a visit and we will coordinate with you.
Contact: Becky Dangel, Marketing Manager
Phone: (773) 907-3302
On November 24th, 1964, Dr. Paul Carlson was martyred by Simba rebels in DR Congo.
Today, we invite you host a PCP Sunday on November 4 (or any Sunday!) to remember this missionary hero. Download materials, such as kids and family activities, liturgy, Congolese worship songs, and other items for your church service.