The First Step on the Road to Health: A Proper Diagnosis
Experienced physicians are very good at diagnosing medical conditions based on a patient’s symptoms. However, it is often necessary to perform diagnostic tests of body fluids or analyze biopsy samples to confirm the presence of disease or decipher the true source of the patient’s suffering.
At the Institut Médical Chrétien du Kasai, the need for trained laboratory technicians was identified and in 1976, action was taken! Read more about the history of ISTM and the work of its dedicated staff.
The Friends of IMCK was organized to support the work of the Institut Médical Chrétien du Kasai (IMCK) located in Tshikaji, Democratic Republic of Congo. Founded in 1954, IMCK – consisting of the Good Shepherd Hospital, clinics, and nursing schools – provides vital services to the people in this region. Good Shepherd Hospital is rated as one of the top hospitals in DR Congo. Read more about the great work of IMCK.
A key component of our support efforts is the establishment of a permanent IMCK Endowment Fund whose proceeds will help stabilize the operating income for IMCK. The struggle to remain solvent in a very challenging environment is ongoing. The Christian witness IMCK provides to patients, students and staff is inspirational and critically needed for the spiritual health of the community they serve.
The table below shows the relative strength of key services in DR Congo and demonstrates the challenges facing our Congolese friends in their daily lives.