MCWA has partnered with Pioneers International(formerly Action Partners) since its early years in Cameroon.
The various branches of Pioneers International in the UK and Australia have provided long- and short-term medical personnel for the hospital and funded an array of projects benefiting orphans and the disabled. Pioneers International also funds projects in other African countries, including child care, media and student sponsorship.
For example, Pioneers International helped to buy a hand-controlled tricycle for a Meskine girl born with cerebral palsy and unable to walk. The tricycle was built by a Catholic center for orphans and disabled people, a 30-minute drive from Meskine. Now Aissatou can visit her friends; when she’s older, the tricycle will help her buy and sell her goods in the market.
Pioneers International also works alongside the African church in health and education, agriculture and development, communications and media, and Bible teaching. They come from various business and professional backgrounds but share a common goal – to communicate the love of God with those around them.
MedSend enables highly qualified and dedicated healthcare professionals to serve needy people around the world in the name of Christ. MedSend underwrites the monthly educational loan payments of their grant recipients while they serve. Without MedSend, these healthcare professionals would need to spend years working in the U.S. to pay off their educational debt before being able to answer God’s call to serve – and many would never make it to the field at all. MCWA has had MedSend associate status since 2000.
Since 1996, MedSend has approved educational loan repayment grants to many healthcare professionals serving around the world. They serve in areas of deep physical and spiritual need. Grant recipients staff and run hospitals and rural clinics. Through extensive involvement in community health education programs, many grant recipients are working to transform entire communities.
MCWA-UK was formally established in 1998 to meet the growing interest in the work in Meskine by supporters in the United Kingdom. MCWA-UK has sent thousands of dollars worth of equipment and supplies for the hospital.
David and Linda Molden direct the nonprofit organization, which has a board of directors composed of others who have been to the hospital. The Moldens first visited in the mid-1990s when their daughter, Rachel, and her husband, Andy – both X-ray technicians – served there. The Moldens fell in love with the people and the work and began to offer their services from the UK. Since 1994, more than 30 medical and support personnel have passed through the doors of MCWA-UK to the hospital, some of them more than once.
MCWA-UK bought and shipped six valuable oxygen concentrators, each machine allowing up to four patients at a time to receive oxygenated air. In 2001, volunteers from the UK brought a mobile X-ray unit to Meskine and trained nurses in its use. Since then, they have offered continuing education in radiography. MCWA-UK has also supervised shipping of equipment, which has less travel time from England than from the U.S. Also, equipment purchased in England uses the same voltage required in Cameroon, making its operation efficient.
MCWA-UK continues to demonstrate compassion for the poor. In 2001, supporters paid for the travel, surgery, and care of Guipelbe, a 13-year-old boy who desperately needed surgery that could only be provided outside of Cameroon. When flood waters destroyed Meskine homes in 2000, U.K. supporters also sent resources to help with rebuilding efforts.
ReachGlobal is a ministry of the EFCA (Evangelical Free Church of America), an association of churches sharing the same statement of faith and desiring to reflect Jesus to our world.
The ReachGlobal-Africa leadership became interested in MCWA when several of its field team members arrived in Cameroon for short-term service of two years. They came by way of the Central African Republic, when they were forced to evacuate that country and leave their work because of political unrest.
Strengths in MCWA’s work corresponded with ReachGlobal’s philosophy: healthy team relationships and a compassionate response to the physical needs of the African people.
VKTM SAHEL LIFE (VEREINIGTE KAMERUN TSCHAD-MISSION)
VKTM Sahel Life (United Cameroon and Chad Mission) has its roots with the German pioneer worker, Dr. Kari Kumm, who founded the SUM (Sudan United Mission) in 1904. In the following years different branches grew out of this small root. Most of them saw their goal on the former Sudan, which was by then reaching from Egypt down to Ethiopia and across the sub-Saharan zone.
The first German field team went out with SUM-Switzerland into Cameroon. In 1980, VKTM Sahel Life was founded by some German pietists who elected Kurt Ostertag a former SUM field team member as their first mission director. The current director is Michael Wimmer. VKTM Sahel Life work with MCWA as well as with many other organizations on the African continent. The partnership between MCWA and VKTM Sahel Life has resulted in much-needed surgeons who have been able to serve long-term at the hospital with our surgical team.
WORLD MEDICAL MISSION (WMM)
WMM, the medical relief arm of Samaritan’s Purse, has provided medical personnel, equipment, and technical support for our hospital’s work.
WMM was established in 1977 to assist general surgeons who wanted to volunteer for short-term mission trips. Today, WMM places hundreds of volunteer physicians, dentists, and other medical personnel in mission hospitals and clinics around the world. WMM also staffs a biomedical department and warehouse that provides critically needed medical equipment and supplies to medical facilities, such as the hospital in Meskine.
WMM was founded in 1977 when two surgeon brothers, Drs. Lowell and Richard Furman, approached Franklin Graham and expressed their desire to volunteer for a short-term assignment in a mission hospital during their vacation. Not wanting to duplicate efforts, Franklin researched the field for other organizations that might already be involved in this work. To his surprise, there were none. While still a student in college, Graham accepted the challenge to lead this organization, and WMM was born. Today, WMM assists scores of mission hospitals and clinics in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe, Oceania, and the Middle East by arranging assignments for doctors, dentists, and other medical professionals. They also provide critically-needed equipment and supplies to hospitals and clinics, and send staff technicians to make on-site repairs and installations.
TECHNICAL EXCHANGE FOR CHRISTIAN HEALTHCARE (TECH)
TECH is a membership association representing more than 100 nonprofit medical relief organizations and individuals involved in medical work around the world. TECH members are known for their integrity, generosity, and commitment to excellence.
Sharing their resources, knowledge, and expertise, TECH members are committed to providing functioning, appropriate, and sustainable medical equipment. Believing that their work reflects their Christian testimony, TECH members are attentive to the quality of items sent to the field. TECH provides the network, its members provide the services, and God receives all of the glory.