Since 2008, Hospitals of Hope has been committed to helping bring change in Liberia, through sending essential equipment, training hospital staff, and providing patient care. We are not currently doing much active ministry there, but look to potentially do more in the future.
In our first two years of working in Liberia, we primarily focused on JFK Medical Center in Monrovia, Liberia, the main government hospital in this country of 3.5 million people. When we began work there, JFK was in need of basic equipment, but Hospitals of Hope has donated $1.1 million of medical equipment to JFK, greatly increasing its capacity to effectively treat patients.
After that, we shifted our focus to ELWA (Eternal Love Winning Africa), a well-respected and established ministry, which has been at work in Liberia since the 1950s and began as a ministry of SIM (then Sudan Interior Mission).
Although ELWA offers quality care and has great plans for the future, the hospital is in dire need. With only 1 doctor for every 28,000 people in Liberia, ELWA is swamped with patients, and their limited resources are stretched thin. After much prayer and discussion, we decided to partner with ELWA to help meet these needs. From 2010 to 2012 we sent several volunteer teams to work at ELWA, and, in early 2011, we partnered with the Brother's Brother Foundation to send necessary equipment to the hospital.
In 2012, Samaritan's Purse began construction of a new hospital facility on the ELWA campus. The current ELWA Hospital was built in 1965 and is too small and out-of-date to meet the needs of the community, so the new hospital will be a great blessing to their ministry.