We have a very BIG DREAM…We envision an African continent filled with enduring and improving health systems where everyone has access to quality, compassionate healthcare. We believe an expanded network of Mission Teaching Hospitals is a critical component to achieving this dream.
Why Mission Hospitals? We believe mission hospitals are already well positioned to improve clinical health systems on the continent. They already provide approximately one-third of the medical care in sub-Saharan Africa and arguably a higher percentage of quality medical care. African mission hospitals are also training centers, producing qualified nurses, physician assistants and, increasingly, doctors and specialists. They have long, deep roots in the local communities they serve, having survived wars, famine, epidemics, and poverty—earning the trust of the people in those communities.
Why a Teaching Hospital Network? The existing capacity of physicians is woefully inadequate to fill the need. Outside help will never prove sufficient. Institutions that will provide leadership and sustained development of critical talent must be raised up and connected with one another; this will not only increase capacity of quality compassionate healthcare workers but also strengthen the institutions themselves.
You can help. Building an effective teaching hospital network will require time and resources. The necessary investments will be tailored for each hospital and individual support like yours will make a significant difference.