Recent statistics and surveys show that almost 40 - 50% of Angolans have no access to local healthcare. In the many cases Angolans must travel many days, often on foot, to reach an organized healthcare facility. This state of healthcare and the amount of travel has been documented by the CEML Hospital, often receiving patients from other far off Angolan provinces who are in need of specialized healthcare or complicated surgical operations.
Mission Aviation Fellowship aircraft in order to conduct more intense medical and eye examinations. While major surgery cannot be performed in these conditions and locations, CEML's opthamologist is able to perform cataract surgeries with his mobile surgery unit.
Though meeting a great need of basic healthcare in these remote areas, realistically these small clinics will never be able to meet the mounting medical needs of the people. It is encouraging to see the investment that the Angolan Government is making in these areas to rebuild the municipal hospital which were either destoyed or abandoned during the lengthy civil war.