Friends of Hope Africa University recently announced that the African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF) has awarded the inaugural Gerson L’Chaim prize of $500,000 to Dr. Jason Fader of Kibuye Hope Hospital in Burundi. Dr. Fader is the only surgeon at Kibuye Hope Hospital training medical students and caring for patients. In fact, he is one of only 13 surgeons in all of Burundi, a country of 10 million people. He is also a faculty member of Hope Africa University.
Fader and his on-the-ground team at Kibuye Hope Hospital have trained doctors, increased surgical procedures, and upgraded and expanded medical facilities. Since 2013 the team has served at Kibuye Hope Hospital, the teaching hospital for Hope Africa University Medical School.
Dr. Fader received the prize for his outstanding Christian medical missionary service. Chosen from four finalists, he represents the many missionary doctors who, forsaking every comfort and convenience, bring skilled, compassionate care to Africa’s poor. New York entrepreneur Mark Gerson and his friend, Dr. Jon Fielder, a medical missionary serving in Kenya, founded AMHF.
“Because of this prize, hundreds of people will walk, thousands will receive care, and tens of thousands will be helped by the doctors we will train,” Dr. Fader said. With the L’Chaim prize, Dr. Fader and his colleagues will:
■ add critically needed hospital beds at rural Kibuye Hope Hospital,
■ create Burundi’s first postgraduate medical training, and
■ expand lower-limb fracture care in a nation that travels by foot.
“It’s hard to overstate the effect,” Fader said. “In one of the world’s poorest countries, a prize of this magnitude, in one hospital, is far-reaching.”
After the prize is awarded: Dr. Fader and others talk of the improvements that will come to Kibuye Hope Hospital as a result of the award.
Before the prize is awarded: Take an in-depth look at Dr. Jason Fader and Kibuye Hope Hospital.