Nebobongo Hospital is a Christian run hospital that is under the authority of the regional church, CECCA-16 in the northeast corner of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The Nebobongo Evangelical Hospital, for all of its resource challenges, remains the best-equipped and staffed hospital in an area serving over 260,000 people in one of the poorest regions of one of the poorest countries on earth. Just the fact that they have doctors and medicine in their pharmacy puts them on a level above the majority of hospitals in the area.
E4 Project equips hospital and church leaders to simultaneously provide relief programs while also launching a variety of development programs to get at some of the root causes of the region’s extreme poverty. Together we are working on the problems of today, while preventing the problems of tomorrow.
Below is a list of past and current projects we have been involved with. Since many of them are in response to a crisis such as a natural disaster or an epidemic our engagement is divided into three areas: Relief (responding to an immediate crisis) Recovery (restoring things to a pre-crisis level) and Development.
- Emergency funds provided for equipment and supplies during severe salmonella/malaria epidemics in 2012 and 2016.
- Emergency funds provided to help keep hospital solvent when the region was hit with a livestock disease that wiped out most families’ wealth and ability to pay medical bills.
- Emergency funds provided to repair electrical and internet infrastructure following a series of debilitating lightning strikes.
- Malnutrition ward and outpatient program for children launched 2016.
- Emergency funds for an Ebola outbreak in the region in 2012.
- Poor fund to cover unpaid medical bills with a goal to help them achieve sustainability by 2022.
- Provided for the repair of old hospital cisterns and installation of new water towers and plumbing to restore running water to all hospital wards.
- Animals of Opportunity launched in 2015 and underway to re-introduce livestock back to the local population following 2012 die-off.
- Provided for the construction of housing for 2 new doctors
- Provided proactive funding for any future Ebola outbreaks
- Project Sunset launched and underway to fight against malaria
- Electrical upgrades to the hospital being planned for early 2017
- Provided brick presses that create cement stabilized compressed earth bricks that reduce the construction cost of new buildings 25-30%
- Animals of Opportunity training to program launching in 2017 to teach sustainable farming practices
- Invested in a church-owned plantation that will provide long-term income for the church
- Purchased Bibles for all CECCA-16 pastor and evangelist students.
- New Pediatric Ward under construction, increasing hospital capacity by 30% once opened. This initiative has been spearheaded by Medical Ministries International and CARES.
- New Primary school completed in 2017
- Soap making business slated to launch late 2016
- Clean water provided to one village as a proof of concept, clean water initiatives being planned for 2018.
Hospital Staff praying with a patient before undergoing surgery is an important step of every operation at Nebobongo Hospital. Nebobongo is a Christian hospital that actively proclaims the gospel and while demonstrating the love of Jesus. All patients receive compassionate high-quality treatment regardless of their ability to pay.
Looking forward we are evaluating a variety of new opportunities for engagement, ranging from building wheelchairs for people affected by Polio to launching a trade school to providing medical school scholarships and financing a coffee plantation. For more information contact Dan Lewan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Jean Claude Bataneni and his wife Dr. Christine are our primary contacts in the DRC. Jean Claude first reached out to E4 Project for help in 2012 following his graduation from his surgical residency at Bongolo Hospital in Gabon and moved back home to serve at Nebobongo. Jean Claude is now the hospital Medical Director, Chief Surgeon, serves on the board of CECCA-16 and serves as project manager for several development programs while Christine oversees Pediatrics and the Malnutrition Ward.