What is a PCP Medical Ambassador?

A PCP Medical Ambassador is a compassionate, dedicated medical professional volunteer investing their skills in service to Congo.

Training the Trainers

Through the “Training the Trainers” method, our goal is to multiply medical training for long-term impact. Medical teams traveling to Congo train a group of local medical professionals in their area of expertise. Congolese professionals return to their facility, where they train 8-10 people on the specific skill.

The Medical Ambassador program seeks to come alongside our partners in Congo for lasting change. We believe in training-the-trainers and learning from our Congolese medical colleagues who are experts in their field. Though they may not have the same resources, they are highly capable and experienced in caring for the people in their communities. Our goal is to come alongside in support and be transformed.

Ann-Marie Zuku, a nurse at the IPOK clinic in Gemena, DRC, received a training called “Helping Mothers Survive: Bleeding After Birth.” 

"When western doctors visit, they can treat people, but they will go home. However, through training, we can improve our skills and we can care for our own people."

Resource Groups

Dentistry

Emergency Care

Hospital Administration

Maternal Care

Nursing

Pediatrics

Diabetes/Hypertension

Surgery & Anesthesiology

Long-Term Approach

Our approach is to equip, inspire confidence, and then step aside and take on a supporting role to encourage long-term viability and sustainability of the medical system in Congo.

Traveling to Congo

Medical Ambassador teams travel to Congo several times per year to build relationships, meet with their medical colleagues, and train in specific skills and procedures. Not every volunteer will travel to Congo; we have opportunities for volunteers to support the work from home.

Ways to Give to the PCP Medical Ambassadors Program

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PCP Medical Ambassadors

A key element to changed lives is the PCP Medical Ambassadors “training of the trainers” approach, which trains and equip local doctors and nurses in specific skills.

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PCP Medical Ambassadors Training Supplies

The PCP Medical Ambassadors research and procure training materials, supplies, medicines, and equipment that is appropriate for resource-limited contexts and highly skilled teams. These materials are often expensive. Support our training supply fund to help provide these necessary items.

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PCP Medical Ambassadors Travel Fund

Support the costs of PCP Medical Ambassadors who travel to DR Congo to build relationships, meet with their medical colleagues, and train in specific skills and procedures.

Becoming a Medical Ambassador

If you are a student, currently in practice, or retired, and have always wondered how you can use your training in international service, this program is for you! Get in touch with us to find out how you can get involved.

Upcoming Trips to Congo

May 2022 - more details coming soon

Medical Ambassador Stories

Our Medical Ambassadors are dedicated to working alongside their Congolese colleagues to learn, grow, and support the work in Congo. Here are a few stories of their experiences and challenges along the way. To receive these stories by email, sign up for our newsletter!

The Christian Nurses Association in Congo

The following story was written by The Christian Nurses Association in Congo and submitted to the Florence Nightingale 2020 website, managed by the Ontario Nurses [...]

Back to Congo

Dear Mission Friends, For the first time in 2 years, Paul Carlson Partnership and the Covenant Church of Congo connected again in person in DR [...]

Neonatal Deaths on the Decline

The CEUM Medical team has made gradual improvements over the past four years in decreasing the neonatal mortality rates from 5.5/1,000 live births to 2.7/1,000 [...]

Planning for 2021 Underway

In spite of Covid, the medical work continues for the doctors, nurses, and medical staff of the CEUM. Covid has not taken a toll in [...]

Ophthalmology Training Begins

Our partners in Congo find themselves behind the rest of Sub-Sharan Africa in terms of eyecare. For the past three years, the million plus people served by [...]

2nd Annual Medical Ambassadors Retreat A Success

The 2nd Annual Medical Ambassadors Retreat held in November 2020 was a unique experience as we met on Zoom. There were over 40 people from 13 [...]

2020 Medical Ambassadors Update

03/04/2020 Greetings and Happy New Year! Thank you for your continued interest, prayer and financial support of the Medical Ambassador program with Paul Carlson Partnership. [...]

Remembering Dr. Kurt Lindquist

We are very saddened to share with you the passing of Dr. Kurt Lindquist on June 15, 2019. Kurt was a PCP Medical Ambassador and [...]

New President of PCP Medical Ambassadors Announced

In the fall of 2018, the MST (Medical Steering Team) of the PCP Medical Ambassadors voted Ann Hagensen to serve as President of PCP Medical [...]

Medical Ambassadors Train in Wasolo For First Time, Bringing Karawa Nurses

In September, a small Medical Ambassador team from the U.S. traveled to Wasolo for the first time, bringing with them skilled nurses from Karawa to [...]

If The World Would Pay Attention

by Dr. Eric Gunnoe, Medical Ambassador It was Thursday afternoon and we had finished the hardest days.  We were now testing the clinical skills of [...]

Bringing It Full Circle

by Flory Buki Manager of Sourcing and Contracting at Swedish Covenant Hospital, PCP Board Member, and PCP Medical Ambassador From May 19 to May 26, I [...]

Karawa Nurses Expand Pre-Eclampsia/Eclampsia Training

Part 2 of  "Will This Training Make a Difference?" Dr. Gado, the CEUM Medical Director,  provided PCP with a report that 42 clinic nurses received the [...]

Will This Training Make A Difference?

Part 1 of 2. Dr. Jim Walker, PCP Medical Ambassador The word that most often comes to my mind about the medical situation in Congo [...]

Bamboo Bones

This past May, a three-member Emergency Medicine (EM) Medical Ambassador team from the Paul Carlson Partnership served six days in the small village of Loko, [...]

Filling the Gaps

How can we help one dentist in Congo change dental health from thousands of miles away? Slowly, over time, and with a strong focus. Some […]

Learning Together at GMCH

Happy Holidays! We want to wish you a very joyous Christmas season and provide you with an update on the recent conference a group of [...]

A Medical Ambassadors Update, at Long Last

by Craig Anderson, Director of Medical and Health Programs Hello Medical Ambassadors! I hope you have enjoyed the summer months. We at PCP have been […]

My First Trip to Congo

by Craig Anderson, Director of Medical and Health Programs At the end of March, I took my first trip to Congo with a group of […]

Visiting Anne Marie

by Dr. Jim Walker, PCP Medical Ambassador Last year, we learned about Anne Marie Magolo Zuku, a nurse at the IPOK Clinic near Gemena. She […]

When Healthcare Hurts

When Healthcare Hurts was the topic and a seemingly oxymoronic phrase. How can healthcare ever be hurtful? Yet this was a key theme of the […]

Hurdles to Healthcare

When you are looking for a new physician, how do you find one? Most of us ask our friends and family to find a doctor […]

Training Surgeons in Congo

March 23, 2015 The latest PCP Medical Ambassadors training team has returned from Congo! The stories of their experiences are overwhelming. Dr. Bob DeMaster, RN […]

Medical Ambassadors

Partners on the Journey: A Special 50th Anniversary Blog Series, Part 12, By Mike Hertensteinn Dr. Jim Walker had never seen a mother die in […]

Father, Daughter Learn Paul Carlson Inspired Each Other Then Serve Together

By Stan Friedman RED WING, MN (July 23, 2014) — Julie Malyon, a nurse and director of a free medical clinic, was curious about the [...]

Next Congo Medical Trip Focus: Surgery and Anesthesiology

March 22, 2013 Three volunteer doctors are gearing up for the next Paul Carlson Partnership medical mission trip to Congo, coming in mid- to late […]