Soddo Christian Hospital is located in southern Ethiopia where there is limited health care available for a population of more than 10 million people.

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What’s happening on the ground.

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Ways to Give

Fund a Patient

The Benevolent Fund is the way we are able to help our poorest patients. Soddo Christian Hospital does not offer free care – we have chosen this model in order to build a sustainable healthcare facility that will last long into Ethiopia’s future.  However, we are always treating the poor – many of whom do not have the resources to pay for their own care.

By giving to the Benevolent Fund, your donation goes to pay for the care of these patients.  Consider this:

  • $100 would pay for most surgeries that we do here, including appendectomies and gall bladder surgery
  • Just $50 would pay for a medical admission for malaria or TB – common maladies in this part of the world
  • $200 would cover the surgery to repair a broken bone and the hospitalization associated with it

Any amount you choose to give is fine.  Patients are screened by a committee of nationals; and if eligible for aid, their bill is partially covered by the Benevolent Fund.  Thanks so much for helping us deliver care to Ethiopia!

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Educate a Future Doctor

Soddo Christian Hospital is one of 9 surgical training centers in Africa.  Residents enroll in our five-year surgical training program.  They live and work on our hospital compound with their families during these five years, being trained and discipled.

After graduation, they agree to serve at another less developed rural hospital for an additional five years.

Being training in Africa, skilled future surgeons are more likely to remain in Africa, avoiding the “brain drain” of doctors staying in Europe and North America after training there.

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Expand Our Facility

If you work in a hospital in the West, you probably take suction for granted. In every room, in every operating theater, in every ER bay and ICU bed… there is suction.

Believe it or not, it is not that difficult for us to have centralized suction here at our hospital.  In our ICU and in our ORs, we can set up a central suction pump.  Then, with some piping, we can run the suction to regulators in each of the desired locations.  And then, we’re good to go!

All we lack is the $150,000 to outfit the entire hospital.  Would you consider a donation to this specific project?

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Special Projects

We honor donor designations for special projects.  In the past we have had special projects for:

  • repairing our generator
  • funding the “Wraps” project click this link for more information
  • funding ministry to the disabled in Soddo
  • purchasing an ultrasound unit
  • purchasing our ambulance
  • purchasing “hips” and other orthopedic items, to reduce the cost of each surgery
  • funding Prolapse surgeries.  The cost is $250 each.  To date since the project started, we have completed 175 prolapse surgeries.
  • purchasing infant formula
  • expanding the microbiology lab
  • funding Ethiopian national advanced education scholarships.  We currently grant one scholarship per year to a current SCH employee who is seeking an advanced medical education degree.
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Our Impact since 2005,






Patient Visits

We are connecting people in need with specifically trained  and properly licensed physicians. Everyday.

Do you need medical treatment?  Each patient that visits Soddo Christian Hospital is treated.  If you have a family member that you would like to refer to SCH, please email or call 630-510-2222.  We can accept payment in the US and on our website for a patient treated in Ethiopia!

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Support Soddo

St. Luke’s Health Care Foundation was created to fund Soddo Christian Hospital. The Foundation has NO paid staff. 96% of all funds donated are used to purchase medical supplies and equipment, transferred to Ethiopia to help our patients, or for hospital construction.

We are a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, ECFA, and abide by all of their audit and board supervision requirements.