Foya-Borma Hospital was established by the Swedish churches more than 60 years ago. The approximately 120-bed hospital, with more than 200 outpatients from the clinics and villages in the nearby communities, was greatly affected by the Ebola outbreak in Liberia. The Ebola virus took the lives of five health care workers at the hospital in 2014. Three Nurses, one Nurse’s Aide, and one Laboratory Aid died during the Ebola outbreak.
The Friends of Foya-Borma Hospital (FOFBH), Inc. is a dream come true visualized by many people. Dr. Nathaniel Saa-Wanda Samba identified the needs of the hospital during the visit in 2013 to see his aging father who sort medical care at Foya-Borma Hospital. Upon his return, his wife decided to celebrate his 60th birthday on August 24, 2013. He donated the gifts in the form of hospital and medical supplies to Foya-Borma Hospital. Six of his friends who attended the event along with Dr. Mary Zozulin, decided to join the Samba family to help the hospital. During the first meeting that was held on September 20, 2013, the group decided to call the organization “Friends of Foya-Borma Hospital, Inc.”
Dr. Mary Zozulin, an Ob-Gyn in Waterbury, Connecticut, worked at the Foya-Borma Hospital during her visit to Foya. “This Lady was actually one of those who initiated the entire process.” Dr. Zozulin had gone to Foya because her daughter, Kristen, was assigned there as a Peace Corp Volunteer. Dr. Zozulin and her daughter were forced to leave Liberia as a result of the outbreak of the Ebola epidemic in 2014. Upon her return to the United States, Dr. Zozulin felt the need to help the people of Foya. She got in touch with FOFBH to help coordinate a medical supply shipment for the people of Lofa. With her help we initiated the partnership to support Foya-Borma Hospital.