Congo 2013: Enhancing Lives
The Auxiliary to the National Medical Association, Inc., (ANMA) provided medical supplies for a medical mission to Nebobongo Hospital, NE Orientale Region of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Medical Ministries International (MMI), a physician-family medical ministry in Fresno, California and Save Africa Safe Our World, Inc. (SA-SOW) sponsored the seven-member Medical Mission. The Mission included continuing medical education on obstetrical fistulas, tiny holes in the birth canal caused by prolonged labor when there is no access to a caesarean delivery. It is a very rare condition in the United States but common in poor and underdeveloped countries. Obstetrical fistulas are one of the most serious injuries of childbearing and can result in social isolation, depression, and chronic medical problems. The team’s gynecologic surgeon surgically repaired two obstetrical fistulas and performed one hysterectomy w/cystocele.
Nebobongo Hospital was founded 100 years ago by Christian Missionaries and received its first visit by an African American physician, Denard M. Fobbs, Sr., M.D., on this visit. In the words of one of the team members, “The Congolese blessed us far more than we could ever bless them….they welcomed us home.”
The below link is to a video presentation of the Nebobongo Hospital Medical Mission.