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Medical Ambassadors

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.” 

Focus Groups

Adult Medicine/Public Health

Dentistry

Emergency Care

Eye Care

Hospital Administration

Maternal Health

Nursing

Pediatrics

Pharmaceuticals

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.

Upcoming Medical Ambassador Trips to Congo

September 2018

A Medical Ambassador team will be traveling to Congo to train nurses in the following courses to improve their standard of care:

  • Essential Care for Newborns

  • Follow-up Training on Bleeding After Birth

  • Head-to-Toe Assessments (Basic Nursing Assessment)

Typical Costs

Medicines: $1,000-$2,000

Supplies: $1,000

Translating training materials into French & Printing: $750

Transporting Medical Supplies: $300

Follow-up Training: $1,000

Total Approximate Costs: $4,050-$5,050

Flights, Visas, Vaccinations, In-Country Travel and Expenses: $3,600-$4,600/person

Donate

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!

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!

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

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Bringing It Full Circle

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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

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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

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

Medical Ambassadors

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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 [...]

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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!

 

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