Chicuque Rural Hospital: Meet the Staff
Despite their lack of supplies and state-of-the-art equipment, the staff at Chicuque Rural Hospital (CRH) in Mozambique, Africa ensures that the hospital and its healing ministry will survive.
Filmao Guambe is a general nurse managing CRH's Tuberculosis (TB) Ward. He completed six years of primary schooling and three years of additional training to become a nurse. In 1997, he came to CRH after one month of specialized training for TB treatment via the ELAT (Strategy against Tuberculosis and Leprosy) Program hosted by the Mozambican Ministry of Health. He believes the most significant aspect of CRH is the hard working collective of personnel who strive to deliver the best possible care to their patients.
Geraldo Pedro Baule is from Gaza Province, Mozambique. He began working in the Mozambican health care sector in 1984 and eventually became the Director of Maxixe City Health. After two years in the government-assigned post, Mr. Baule was transferred to CRH in 1992. Despite limited years of education and training, he is able to successfully perform the tasks of a gynecologist and is currently studying to become a technician. He gets a great deal of fulfillment in helping a woman deliver and care for her child. He believes that CRH is an extraordinary hospital because of its quality working conditions and exceptional staff - with many working far beyond their professional training.
A Maxixe District native, Francisco Victorino works as the Physical Therapy technician in the CRH Physical Therapy Unit. Following his completion of the ninth grade and several years of specialized training in physical Therapy, Mr. Victorino was assigned to CRH by the Mozambican Ministry of Health (MISAU) in 1988. He enjoys teaching patients to do physical exercises by themselves and helping them to become stronger and self-sufficient. He also values going out into the community to monitor the status of his patients.
Timoteo Jeque is a surgery technician trained specifically to work in a rural hospital. He also has specialized training to perform emergency surgeries including occupational traumas and cesarean sections. He worked in Tete Province during and after the Mozambican civil war and came to CRH in the year 2000. According to Mr. Jeque, the primary needs in the CRH surgery unit include basic supplies, such as bandages and sutures.
A German native, Dr. Ulrike Dandel came to CRH in December 2002 in mission as an internist with her husband Dr. Dominike Dandel, who is currently a pediatrician at CRH. The Internist works on a team of staff that treats over 44 patients each day. In the CRH Internal Medicine Unit, large numbers of malaria, respiratory-related diseases, and an increasing number of hypertension and stress-related cases are being treated. Dr. Dandel is fully engaged in her mission with CRH and is enjoying the opportunity to serve and absorb the Mozambican culture.
Anna Finiasse Zavala first came to CRH in 1978 as a patient. Her father rushed her to the hospital after she began hemorrhaging and suffering from an incessant nose bleed. After making a full recovery, Anna's friends at the local UMC approached her about dedicating her work skills to CRH. Anna accepted, to the delight of her father and the church. Twenty-five years later, Anna still serves in the maternity ward at CRH. When asked about the needs of her patients, Anna believes that material resources such as baby formula and bed sheets would enable her to take better care for the mothers and babies in her ward.
Dr. Xavier is a General Medical Practitioner at CRH. In 2002, he came to CRH at the request of Mozambique's Ministry of Health because there was no general medical practitioner at CRH. He enjoys managing and treating the various types of pathology seen at the hospital and highly values the patients and excellent teamwork environment at CRH.
Note: A Person in Mission (PIM) is a national from a country other than the United States named by their church to serve in their homeland or across national boundaries. PIMs are not named or assigned by the General Board of Global Ministries. Their direct relationship is with the church in their country.