Adventist Clinic of Kinshasa

By Chrisostome Banyigela

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Chrisostome Banyigela

First Published: January 19, 2022

Adventist Clinic of Kinshasa, Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, opened in 1993. It is operated under the West Congo Union Mission in the East-Central Africa Division of Seventh-day Adventists.

Founding

Adventist Clinic of Kinshasa started with a single dentistry service. In 2005 general medicine services were added. Adventist Clinic of Kinshasa is located in the commune of Ngaliema, Binza Pigeon district, at No. 42 on the Matadi Road; reference, crossing of Kananga, Masikita and Route Matadi avenues. The Binza Pigeon district has a population of 40,134. The Kinshasa Adventist Clinic opened through an initiative of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.1 Two doctors stand out for their work establishing the clinic, Dr. Emilia Elena Rosu for dentistry, and Dr. Badinanyi Jean for general medicine.2 The clinic was founded under the Zaire Union, now the West Congo Union Mission.3 The clinic is located between two social class neighborhoods, wealthy and poor.4

While initial funding came from the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists for the dental clinic, the Zaire Union provided funds for general medicine services.5 The dental department was inaugurated in July 1993, and the other medical services have been offered since December 2005.6 On January 14, 2010, the Congolese government, through the Ministry of Health, signed a framework partnership agreement aimed at integrating the health structures of the Seventh-day Adventist Church into national health policy. At the outset, the infrastructure of the clinic consisted of a building of ten rooms for care and another of seven rooms for dental work.7 Currently the clinic uses two buildings. Since 2011 the clinic has served an average of over 1600 patients a year.

The clinic started with four employees, including a dentist, a receptionist, a cashier, and a gardener.8 Over the years the number of staff has increased to 17, which includes two dentists, two general practitioners, five nurses, an accountant, a cashier, and others. The team is supported in its work by a group of visiting doctors from various specialties and volunteer interns in medicine, nursing, molecular biology, or laboratory technology.9

The Role of the Clinic in Adventist Mission

The Adventist Clinic of Kinshasa follows the Adventist approach to healthcare, where it is strongly believed that doctors and nurses provide the treatment and care, but God is the healer. Thus every patient has known that they should seek not only physical healing, but spiritual healing as well. The patients are also introduced to the Adventist faith. Staff fully participate in the activities of the church, like Total Member Involvement and other outreach programs. Since 2009, some members of staff have accompanied the West Congo Field to their evangelistic meetings, where they supported the preaching of the Adventist message with free consultations and teachings on health at evangelistic meetings, a practice that attracts crowds to listen to the word of God. They are also trying to raise awareness among church members.10

Since 1994 the Adventist Clinic of Kinshasa has organized prayer meetings each morning. In 2007, Pastor Germain Tshilenge, then administrator of the institution, initiated a morning prayer group within the enclosure of the clinic, which led to a weekly prayer meeting. This arrangement resulted in an organized group, which includes the families of the clinic workers. The prayer meetings have grown into the Clinic Church, which was organized in 2013 with 150 members.11 The clinic’s evangelism work has produced some significant results. The people who are converted and others who bear witness to the presence of God manifested through the care they receive from the clinic have made the establishment of the clinic a worthwhile investment.

Funding

As part of the agreement with the Adventist Church, the government exempts the clinic from certain taxes.12 In 2019, West Congo Union Mission received the 4th quarter Sabbath school offering from the world church to assist in the rehabilitation of the buildings and acquire much needed equipment for the improvement of services.13

Directors

Director Physicians: Dr. Emilia Elena Rosso (1994-2000); Dr. Vincent Roy Diozon (2001-2009), Dr. Olive Kisile (2009-2019); Dr. Moyo Micheline (2019-).

Sources

Kinshasa Adventist Clinic Church Secretariat, Membership Registry, Kinshasa, 2019. Adventist Clinic of Kinshasa archives, Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Minutes of the Executive Committee, East-Central Africa Division, Nairobi, Kenya, November 2018. East-Central Africa Division archives, Nairobi, Kenya.

West Congo Union Committee, "Vote N ° 05 UCO-019." Vote N ° 05 UCO- 019. Kinshasa, Kinshasa: UCO Secretariat, February 2, 2005. West Congo Union archives, Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Notes

  1. Minutes of the Executive Committee, East-Central Africa Division, Nairobi, Kenya, November 2018.

  2. Pastor Bazey Kiabala, interview by the author, February 12, 2020.

  3. Western Congo Union Committee, "Vote N ° 05 UCO-019." Vote N ° 05 UCO- 019. Kinshasa, Kinshasa: UCO Secretariat, February 2, 2005.

  4. Guillaume Mahenge, interview by the author, January 22, 2020.

  5. Ibid.

  6. West Congo Union Committee. "Vote N ° 05 UCO-019." Vote N ° 05 UCO-019. Kinshasa, Kinshasa: UCO Secretariat, February 2, 2005.

  7. Joe Njula Muembia Architect, plan of the Kinshasa Adventist Clinic, Kinshasa, January 2004.

  8. Guillaume Mahenge, interview by the author, the Kinshasa Adventist clinic, January 22, 2020.

  9. Kinshasa Adventist Clinic Committee. “2019 Annual Report.” Kinshasa, 2020.

  10. Kinshasa Adventist Clinic Committee. “2019 Annual Report.” Kinshasa, 2020.

  11. Kinshasa Adventist Clinic Church Secretariat, Membership Registry, Kinshasa, 2019.

  12. Ministry of Health, General Secretariat for Health, Framework Partnership Agreement No. 1250 / CABMIN / SP / 03/2014 on Collaboration in the Health Field Between the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo and the ASBL, Mission Evangélique of Seventh Day Adventists, Kinshasa, July 15, 2014.

  13. Ibid.

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Banyigela, Chrisostome. "Adventist Clinic of Kinshasa." Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventists. January 19, 2022. Accessed November 26, 2022. https://encyclopedia.adventist.org/article?id=FJA9.

Banyigela, Chrisostome. "Adventist Clinic of Kinshasa." Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventists. January 19, 2022. Date of access November 26, 2022, https://encyclopedia.adventist.org/article?id=FJA9.

Banyigela, Chrisostome (2022, January 19). Adventist Clinic of Kinshasa. Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventists. Retrieved November 26, 2022, https://encyclopedia.adventist.org/article?id=FJA9.