Hôpital Albert Schweitzer, situated just below the equator in Africa in the rural Moyen Ogooué Province of Gabon, was founded in 1913. Over ensuing decades, the Hospital in Lambaréné evolved into a global symbol of human service and solidarity.
Today, more than 40 years after Dr. Schweitzer’s death in 1965, the Hospital continues as the primary medical and public health resource for people of the region, operating on the front lines of the battles in Africa against malaria, HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and threats to maternal/child health. With a staff and Board leadership that include African, European, and American partners, the Hospital continues its tradition as a model of international collaboration for health. The Hospital’s Medical Research Unit is one of the leading scientific institutions in Africa working to end the scourge of malaria, and also serves as a highly-regarded training site for African physicians and scientists.
The Schweitzer Foundation property consists of roughly 180 hectares and 2,000 inhabitants. The hospital itself is spread out, consisting of several categories of buildings:
- The Hospital Zone
This is comprised of the modern hospital buildings constructed between 1976 and 1996, including the Outpatient Polyclinic, operating rooms, inpatient buildings, Hospital Administration, Medical Research Unit, Dental Clinic, and the Technical Services buildings
- The Housing Zones
Housing areas are scattered in several zones on the Hospital’s property, and lodge Gabonese and expatriate staff;
- The Historical Zones
This includes the old hospital built by Dr. Schweitzer in 1927, Dr. Schweitzer’s house, the cemetery and the houses along the riverbank; and the Village Lumière Zone (the leper village, known as the “Village of Light”). The Schweitzer Foundation property consists of roughly 180 hectares and 2,000 inhabitants.
Services that the Hospital provides include the following:
• Ambulatory and hospital care
• Dental care and clinic
• General Adult and Tropical Medicine
• Leper Village
• Maternal and Infant Protection (PMI)
• Medical consultations and primary care
• Mobile Dental clinic
• Obstetrics and Gynecology
• Operative and Surgical wards
• Preventive care
• Research Laboratory