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Love to Africa, Inspired by the Role Model of Medicine, Dr. Albert Schweitzer

Date: September 26, 2011

The faculty and students of China Medical University (CMU) and Asian University, and alumni of the School of Dentistry, CMU, have revisited two countries Gabon and São Tomé and Príncipe in Africa this summer to deliver medical services and health educations to the people there. The news was released by the press conference held on September 26, 2011 for this program entitled as Love to Africa, Inspired by the Role Model of Medicine, Dr. Albert Schweitzer.” In the press conference, the participants were sharing their experiences in this visiting. The CMU President, Professor Jong-Tsun Huang, mentioned that delivering people in the rural areas with medical services is a very good opportunity for the young generation medical students to learn how to nurture their medical professionalism in a determined and enthusiastic manner.

Every vocation has its role model and Dr. Albert Schweitzer is the one in the medical field. Professor Jong-Tsun Huang launched this learning program since year 2010 and Professor Wen-Chi Chen continued this program in Gabon and São Tomé and Príncipe, Africa, in the period of August 24 and September 4, 2011. The participants delivered medical services and health education, and donated 7,000 euros, medical materials and equipment, and toothbrushes to Albert Schweitzer Hospital as well.

The CMU President, Professor Huang further pointed out that this program will be continued in the future to motivate and inspire medical students to feel and learn the spirits of the Role Model, Dr. Albert Schweitzer and to help people in the rural areas medical services, medical equipment, and maintenance skills from CMU and CMU health System. It aims to establish a teaching and learning model for developing medical professionalism with humanitarian and respect of life to the medical students not only in CMU but also in 11 other medical schools in Taiwan.

Professor Wen-Chi Chen, the program leader this year, was touched and said how brave a person like Dr. Albert Schweitzer was to be devoted his whole life to helping people in this kind of rural and poor areas! It really needs to recruit more volunteers to memorize and to follow Dr. Albert Schweitzer’s sprits and actions.

(Chinese Version.)

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