Clinics & Hospitals

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor” (Luke 4:18-19). In isolated areas of the Congo, the inaccessibility of medical care has long complicated treatment for those who are ill. In the name of Christ, local health care clinics created and operated by United Methodists offer rooms for treatment, hospitalization, prenatal, delivery, and postpartum care. Nursing schools have also been built and rebuilt to train people to care for the sick. Twenty years ago, students sat on stone slab benches to learn; now a new school of nursing has been erected, complete with individual desks and chairs. Scholarships are even offered to young women who have been victims of violence, and the training and job opportunities begin to restore their dignity. Construction of Kamina Hospital, a massive undertaking located next to Lupandilo Nursing School, was halted due to the violence from 1996 to 2001. Now that peace has returned, the UMC hopes to raise funds to complete the buildings, purchase medical equipment, and hire highly-qualified doctors.