Gabon, a country along the Atlantic coast of Central Africa, is one of the region’s more stable countries. It gained independence from France in 1960. The country has significant areas of protected parkland. The Albert Schweitzer Hospital was founded by Dr. Schweitzer in 1913. Today it continues to serve as the primary source of healthcare for the surrounding region. The hospital’s research laboratory is one of five leading facilities in Africa engaged in scientific studies of malaria, the greatest killer on the African continent.