EPIC/SPS Talk: "Building A Healthcare System on Idjwi Island in The Democratic Republic Of Congo"
Dr. David Evans is Professor Emeritus and Special Lecturer of Sociomedical Sciences (Pediatrics), Columbia University Medical Center and Mailman School of Public Health.
Dr. Evans will share his experiences working with Dr. Jacques Sebisaho and wife Mimy Mudekereza to build a hospital and healthcare system on a large island in Lake Kavu in the eastern DRC. The Amani Global Works Hospital has 75,000 outpatient visits a year, is training community healthcare workers and partnering with existing health outposts to create an integrated healthcare system for the Island. They also conduct a nutrition program for children under age 6, and carry out deworming campaigns. Amani Global Works healthcare personnel partnered with the DRC to plan the response to the recent Ebola outbreak.
Dr. Evans met Ms. Mudaekereza and Dr. Sebisaho through his work at Columbia University Medical Center and the Mailman School of Public Health. He has traveled to Idjwi for the past seven summers. He will show photographs of life on the island and of healthcare in the hospital and in the community.
EPIC/SPS Talks, with discussion, are a collaboration between three organizations: Emeritus Professors in Columbia (EPIC); Columbia University School of Professional Studies (SPS); and Morningside Retirement and Health Services (MRHS).