What is a PCP Medical Ambassador?
A PCP Medical Ambassador is a compassionate, dedicated medical professional volunteer investing their skills in service to Congo.
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.
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.
"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."
Ann-Marie Zuku, a nurse at the IPOK clinic in Gemena, DRC, received a training called “Helping Mothers Survive: Bleeding After Birth.”
Surgery & Anesthesiology
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.
Upcoming Medical Ambassador Trips to Congo
The PCP Medical Ambassadors are preparing to travel to DR Congo in September 2021. They will train nurses and medical staff at the hospital level in care for mothers and preterm infants to form perinatal teams at each hospital. The Ambassadors will also train in quality improvement through change management strategies and create a CEUM Medical Department/Medical Ambassadors Memorandum of Understanding.
Please be in prayer as the team prepares for their trip!
Dr. Eric Gunnoe
Dr. Jim Walker
Karen Goeke, RN
Ann Hagensen, RN
Marta Klein, PA
Dr. Jim Walker
Karen Goeke, RN
Dr. Kelly Shultz
Craig Anderson, PCP Director of Medical & Health Programs
PCP Medical Ambassadors raise support for their travel costs, training supplies, and medicines. All donations will be used towards the Medical Ambassador Program in Congo (at this time, we can only receive monetary donations due to weight limits and specific needs). Thank you!
2021 Trip Need: $9,300
Purpose: Covers cost of training materials, medical supplies, and associated travel costs.
Gifts by check should be made out to Paul Carlson Partnership and memo to Medical Ambassador Travel Fund. Mail to:
Paul Carlson Partnership
8303 W. Higgins Rd.
Chicago, IL 60631