Flying Mission Zambia recently flew its first ever cross-border flight into the DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo, formerly Zaire). Pilot and FMZ manager, Bryan Wilson, transported Dr. David McAdam, resident surgeon from Chitokoloki, in NW Province of Zambia, along with Murray, a building and supplies coordinator, the 500 miles north of FMZ base to a village called Mulongo. Two years ago when Dr. McAdam did this trip he was able to fly in, but then had to drive out. It took him 10 days. In comparison, the FMZ flight took 9.5 hours even including the border crossing with all the paperwork that goes with that.
DRC has been war torn for years, but things in the south of the country are improving and Mulongo’s hospital is making a huge difference, seeing thousands of patients annually. While on the ground in Mulongo for six days, many things were going on. David was able to train some local doctors in surgery techniques, and show them how to use the new portable ultrasound machine which was flown in. David has also provided oversight for the administration of the facility for the past year. He continually commented on the great quality of the work done by the Congolese staff.