Albert Schweitzer Hospital
|Albert Schweitzer Hospital|
The Albert Schweitzer Hospital was established in 1913 by Albert Schweitzer in Lambaréné, Gabon. Its 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 hospital is the primary source of healthcare for the surrounding region since it was founded in 1913. Over 35,000 outpatient visits and more than 6,000 hospitalizations occur annually. Two surgeons and their teams carry out close to 2,200 operations annually. There are 160 members on staff, either Gabonese or expatriate professionals.
Periodic upgrades have been resulted in a modern medical facility. The current facility includes two operating rooms, a dental clinic, and inpatient wards for pediatric, adult medicine, surgical, and obstetrical patients.
The U.S. National Institute of Health has recognized the hospital's research laboratory as one of five leading facilities in Africa engaged in scientific studies of malaria. Children with severe malaria at the Schweitzer Hospital have the lowest documented mortality rate anywhere on the continent.
Weeks prior to his death, an American film crew was allowed to visit Dr. Schweitzer and Drs. Muntz and Friedman, both Holocaust survivors, to record his work and daily life at the hospital. The film The Legacy of Albert Schweitzer, narrated by Henry Fonda, was produced by Warner Brothers and aired once. It resides in their vault today in deteriorating condition. Although several attempts have been made to restore and re-air the film, all access has been denied.