Jesuit partners, like the Sisters of Charity of Saint Jeanne Antide and the Ministry of Health have enabled the work to grow and prosper, but the Jesuits sent to work at Good Samaritan have been vital to its success. From Fr. Gherardi in the 70’s to the additional of Fr. François Cortadellas, SJ and Br. Dr Leopoldo Labrin, SJ in the 90’s, the Society of Jesus has found Jesuits dedicated to health care to serve at Good Samaritan. With firm leadership, Good Samaritan broke with the decades-old model of health care in the region, in which hospitals and dispensaries are disconnected entities, by creating the “Program of Integrated Health.” The program connected hospitals with dispensaries and clinics, allowing 90% of the population to be served with better care, closer to their homes, and an unheard-of cost savings of up to 98% when compared to a hospital-centric care model.
Today the Good Samaritan complex has about 300 health care professionals at its N’Djamena and Goundi sites, not including its dispensaries and clinics. The complex provides general practitioners, nurses, and midwives - specialists in surgery, pediatrics, gynecology, and a dozen other fields – all who pool their skills to meet the needs of a vulnerable population. In addition to the professionals, there are more than 50 medical, and 170 nursing students. The complex has partnerships with the Pontifical University of Chile, the University of Reims in France, the University Hospital Puerta del Mar de Cadiz in Spain, as well as several other universities and training facilities in Spain and Lebanon.