OSPAC is the mobile medical ministry that we serve with in Gabon. OSPAC stands for L’oevre de Sante Primaire de L’Alliance Chretienne, which translates to the Primary Health Care Arm of the Alliance Church. OSPAC will have a strong presence at PK27 once it is built out, but while we are working on the campus, we still partner with OSPAC to serve people in the slums and outer-lying villages of Libreville who do not have access to medical care.
In 2012, we sent three teams to work with OSPAC. Teams work with our partner nurses and help with clinics, training and mobile medical functions. This past summer, we had a team that set up a mobile lab and training for staff, sent western doctors to serve and train the staff, sent over 15 crates of medical supplies and an Ophthalmologist to do further eye training . We purchased a much needed Land Cruiser for the ministry last year, and it has literally helped the team save lives as they are now able to reach villages that they could not get to before the vehicle arrived. We have 3-4 teams scheduled for 2013 to continue serving alongside this ministry.
OSPAC is an amazing model of the Gabonese church taking care of “the least of these” in their community. The team serves people with their medical knowledge and equipment, and they are also able to share a message about the transforming love of Christ at each clinic that they hold. This ministry is self-sustaining, as they do make people pay a small fee for the service that they receive. They do not have funds for the building that they will need at PK27 yet, but are working on that with their own churches and our organization. They also have a hard time purchasing large equipment. As far as the day to day expenses of running the clinic, purchasing medicine, making eye glasses, etc – they are able to cover their expenses. We assist OSPAC with larger capital purchases, and also with mosquito nets through our Project Sunset program.