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For the visitor, it is difficult to distinguish who is patient and who belongs only to the family. Laurent Potdevin pursues this goal as well. The whole system renders the impression of normal African life. Nothing reminds of an anonymous, sterile, European hospital. All of this adaptation to the African life entails also is that the residents in addition to the modern medicine still trust their medicine man. Because he knows finally ancient, effective home remedies that can always help. As a simple example, consider toothache.

There are branches of a tree, which can often forget the pain, or take from the spirits. The hospital includes a dental clinic, a laboratory in which among others, therapy and prophylaxis of malaria are explored the general medical and surgical Department further. Further there is a poly clinic, children’s and women’s clinic, geriatric and psychiatric stations. In addition to the hospital system, there is still a special village for lepers here going about a normal life with her family. AIDS the dread disease of Africa, AIDS, the fight is said to not only here in the hospital in Lambarene, but all across the country with simple but expressive posters and advertising material. Already the youngest should thus learn what AIDS is and how it is transmitted and how it is before can protect.

In the Lambarene hospital 120 African employees according to official together with six or seven doctors from Europe and Africa. The hospital can absorb up to 180 patients. Approximately 120 consultations and up to 10 surgical procedures are made per day. The annual expenditure of about two and a half million euros carried a third of the Gabonese State, the German and the Swiss Association for the hospital. More help clubs from France, Italy, England, Sweden and the United States assume a part of the effort also. Museum for an exceptional man to the historic area has been declared the old hospital of Dr. Schweitzer, his residence and some old houses in its vicinity. Today, the Museum and a conference room are housed in the 1986/87-renovated tenement house. The old jungle hospital is located in a State of imminent decline. The Foundation has approved a project to renovate this historic zone to keep them for posterity. First work will already be carried out. If you look so the whole system of this unique hospital before him, you wish to have studied medicine, least to help with a part of his life here. But we’re not all doctors. Our donations are accepted but on-site or via one of the above mentioned agencies. More detailed information is available on the Web at or