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Centro Evangelico de Medicina do Lubango (Evangelical Medical Centre of Lubango) is an expanding 40-bed urban tertiary referral hospital in the south western Angolan city of Lubango. It is affiliated with Kalukembe Hospital, a rural 180-bed district hospital run by nurses with no on-site physicians.


About Us

Phase 1: Initial funding and development for Phase 1 of CEML was largely underwritten through the generosity of Samaritan’s Purse. 

About UsOn-going operations are a joint effort involving The Angolan Evangelical Alliance, USAID, SIM, Christian Blind Mission International, World Vision Canada, The IT Department Inc., Advancing the Gospel in Angola, Little Trinity Church (Toronto), Exxon-Mobil, and others.

Phases 2 and 3
Plans have been drawn up for two additional phases. These remain on hold until funding becomes available.

Phase 2:  Envisages building: living accommodation for 4 doctors, a 12-bed ICU, a Medical Imaging Department, a 12-bed Obstetrics service with OR, a full ER with 2 minor OR’s, an Endoscopy Suite, an Admin block, and two more 40-bed wards.

Phase 3:  Proposes: a multi-purpose Hall–Auditorium for teaching and chapel purposes, a library, and living accommodation with offices for 6 MD students.

Mission Statement: Health and Hope through Christ.

Vision Statement: As a church-related health care institution we seek to provide medical services for an estimated 50% of Angolans who currently have no alternative coverage.


  • To develop and maintain high-quality tertiary care.
  • To create partnerships with like-minded health care providers.
  • To develop Public Health and primary care services for our local
  • To train and retain Angolan professionals and leaders.
  • To research and develop optimal health service initiatives for the

Dr. Stephen Foster Medical Staff (CEML, Lubango)

Medical Director. Dr. Stephen Foster (FRCSC)
Dr. Foster is the Medical Director and General Director of CEML in the city of Lubango, Angola.

He did his surgical training through the Gallie residency programme in general surgery at the University of Toronto, and has held such positions as:

  • International Traveling Fellow, and Fellow in head and neck surgery and urology at McMaster University.
  • Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery at McMaster University.

Dr. Foster was born in Brantford, Ontario, grew up in Zambia, and spent much of the last 30 years in Angola before returning permanently in 2000. He now divides his time between CEML and the mission hospital at Kalukembe in the interior. 

Stephen Foster: stephen@fosterangola.ca

Peggy Foster: peggy@fosterangola.ca

Drs. Daniel and Priscilla Cummings.

Daniel grew up in Sindai, Japan as an MK and trained as an ER physician at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He plans to serve at CEML with the Samaritan’s Purse Post Residency Programme. Priscill was born in Brazil, and grew up in the US. She is an Obstetrician-Gynecologist who trained at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia.

Daniel      dangomushi@gmail.com

Priscilla   pri.cummings@gmail.com

Dr. Tim Kubacki.

Tim is from Ohio and, after serving for six years with the Xingu Mission in a remote area of Brazil, the Kubackis (Tim and Betsy) moved to CEML in early 2012. They have four children: Luke, Ellie, Ben, and Meredith whom Betsy, an experienced business administrator, has been home schooling. Tim’s role at CEML is as a Primary Care physician. His goal is to concentrate on rural health care, and help at the hospital when in Lubango.



Dr. Anna Neves.

Dr. Neves is the first Angolan who has trained in Brazil as a Cardiologist and Pediatrician. She attends the hospital three days per week on a consultant basis.

Dr. Annelise Olsen.

Dr. Olsen is a general surgeon, most recently from Michigan, before that from South Dakota and Portugal. She completed medical school at Loma Linda University in Southern California, and then went on to surgical residency at St Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan. There followed a fellowship in International & Rural Surgery, a unique program giving experience in all the surgical subspecialties. She is completing a 2 year post-residency program with Samaritan's Purse, and plans to continue working at CEML.


Support Staff:

General Director.

Mark Faus will be joining CEML in 2013 under MAF Canada as General Director once he has completed language training in Portugal. Mark comes with an MBA in Global Management from the University of Phoenix, and a B.Sc in Aviation Technology from Moody Bible Institute.


Mark Faus 1989 Sevilla Blvd Atlantic Beach, FL 32233 Cell: 904-501-7913

IT Manager

Norman Henderson assumed the role of IT Manager in 2011 when he arrived at CEML with his wife Audrey. They are commended by MAF Canada. Norman spent some of his formative years in Zambia and Kenya before coming to Canada where he did a B.Sc. in Computer Science at the University of Waterloo. Following that, he operated IT businesses in Belgium and Canada. Until the arrival of a General Director, Norman is assisting Dr. Foster in that role, as well as developing and mentoring the maintenance staff.


Nursing Support:

Audrey Henderson has assumed the role of Nurse Educator at CEML, updating and translating procedure manuals, and educating the nursing and allied health staff. This is a vital role towards improving overall morbidity and mortality. Audrey has a B.Sc. degree in nursing from the University of Western Ontario, and took early retirement from her role as supervisor of a community outreach nursing programme in Ottawa geared to adults with physical disabilities. norm.audrey@gmail.com