Trip to Equatorial Guinea 2011

In August 2011, a three-week trip provided us the opportunity to gather information and establish contacts with the government, clinics and hospitals.

It was an intense trip filled important meetings to formalize institutional relationships with local organizations. Since 2007, we have been collaborating with the Medical Center of Paz de Bata on Project PAMI. Several patients from this project have traveled to Spain to receive treatment. At a meeting with Dr. Silvestre Boya, Acting Director, we initiated conversations about signing a cooperative agreement that would establish administrative controls and regulate the clinical management of patients they would send to Spain.

We presented a proposal to the National University of Equatorial Guinea (UNGE) and the University of Barcelona to train medical and dental students and offer continuing education courses for doctors in a variety of medical specialties.

+QS believes that by working together, we can multiply our efforts by equipping others to serve and have a greater impact on their communities. For this reason, we collaborate with local NGOs like Desarrollo 2000 por África, SOS Aldeas Infantiles, Fundación de religiosas sanitarias (Foundation of Christian Health Care Givers), and with the International Cooperative Agency of Spain and representatives of the National Institute of Social Security (INSESO).

To better understand the extent of services and identify their limitations, we visited several hospitals and medical centers including the Bata Regional Hospital, the La Paz Medical Center, the Bata Health Clinic, the INSESO Hospital, the provincial hospital of Evinayong and the dispensary of the Capuchina Daughters of Evinayong. In Evinayong, we visited the future site of the medical center +QS will build as part of Project PISE. Located on the opposite side of the highway from the Baptist "Talta Cum" School, the center will form part of the first missionary facility in Equatorial Guinea.

One of our meetings was with a representative of TOTAL, the French petroleum company, who asked +QS to organize and direct a three-year campaign for the prevention of malaria. Work has already begun including the presentation of a plan to launch the campaign in 2012.

During our stay, we also visited local pharmacies to see what medications are available. This information enables us to plan future health campaigns for which we usually bring medications that cannot be found in the country. We also introduced +QS to the Spanish Consulate of Bata to make them aware of our cooperative projects.

We also followed-up with a number of Project PAMI patients who had been treated or operated on in Spain and gave them medication we brought with us to support their ongoing medical treatment.