“Before we did not know if a pregnant woman was infected with HIV/AIDS, but now we have the opportunity to not only have knowledge, but also, and especially to protect the baby from HIV infection,” testifies Kakule Kakwanza, the nurse who runs the health center in Busumba. It is located in an area that has seen much troop movement and displacement of people in the past twenty years.
Since HEAL Africa trained the staff and provided the testing services at Kakwana, [...]
« Avant nous ne pouvions pas savoir si une femme enceinte est atteinte du VIH Sida, mais maintenant nous avons la possibilité non seulement de le savoir, mais aussi et surtout de préserver le bébé de toute contamination au VIH. » témoigne Kakule Kakwanza, l’infirmier qui dirige le centre de santé de Busumba.
Depuis que HEAL Africa a installé dans sa structure un programme de prévention de la transmission du VIH de la mère à l’enfant(PTME), Kakwanza accueille désormais des nombreuses femmes enceintes [...]
Ultrasound-guided regional nerve block (USRNB) is a safe and simple analgesia tool for site-specific, rapid pain relief for bone and soft tissue injuries. Dr. Margaret Salmon led a study at HEAL Africa, exploring the use of USRNB. 39% of patients at the HEAL hospital and similar institutions would otherwise receive no analgesia for pain as narcotics are rarely available. Patients reported the USRNB dramatically reduced their pain levels, illuminating the potential of using this technology in impoverished areas as part of [...]
On Monday, November 19th, 2012, war erupted in Goma between a rebel group, called ‘M23,’ and the Congolese army. As these two armed groups engaged in a two day-long firefight, many people were displaced, wounded, and killed. By Wednesday morning, M23 had declared victory and stated that they will continue to ‘liberate’ the rest of the country from the control of the Congolese army. While sentiments are mixed about the new regime, even those supportive of the new government regret [...]
The HEAL Africa team did a rapid assessment of the situation among the displaced people on Tuesday and Wednesday. HEAL Africa is working in partnership with PPSSP, a Congolese organization with ten years of experience in community development and relief work in North Kivu. They are members of the UNOCHA coordinating committee which will orchestrate the various international development organizations providing relief and response. This complex and constantly changing situation will require a concerted effort to maximize efficiency and prevent [...]
Stephane Alimasi, Secretaire HEAL Africa
Cette guerre nous l’avons vécu dans un climat de peur, on attendait des crépitements de balles, et des bombes, nous sommes restés dans des maisons sans bouger, nous avions faim, il n’y avait pas de marché pour s’approvisionner en vivre, et jusqu’à maintenant dans la ville de Goma, il n’ya ni électricité, ni eau, c’est une situation catastrophique qui peut nous amener des maladies comme le cholera, et autres maladies diarrhéiques. Nous sommes [...]
Updates and Letters of Appeal from Dr. Luc Malemo and Dr. Margaret Salmon
Tomorrow is uncertain –Dr. Malemo
From Dr. Salmon, received Wed, Nov 21, 2012:
Subject: Goma, a functioning trauma center without supplies. Unacceptable
Below find our chief of surgery and director of emergency medicine’s morning comment and second appeal for assistance. HEAL Hospital is functioning, has 24/7 surgical coverage, multiple general and OB surgeons on site, emergency medicine residents in the emergency room, FAST trained, trauma trained and ready to be there [...]
This morning we received an update from Dr. Lussy at HEAL Africa in Goma:
‘It was calm in Goma last night, so we slept. Until this morning we have received 49 seriously wounded that we are taking care of. We ran out of fuel during the night and the generator stopped. We have gotten a bit of fuel for today. I just talked with Dr. Jo in Kigali.
We really appreciate the efforts that Margaret Salmon made, and an MSF (doctors without [...]
The city of Goma passed to the control of the rebel group M23 over a series of struggles this morning the 20th of November, after a hard battle in the center of Goma. The M23 rebels are visible everywhere in town. There is some sporadic shooting in the outlying neighborhoods of the city.
Some gunshot victims came to the hospital affer the intense gun battles. Now there are calls from various neighborhoods for HEAL Africa’s ambulance to come and pick up [...]
A pouring rain slaps meter-high tents, some of which are covered by white tarp while others are sheltered by only tree leaves. Slippery alleys of mud separate hundreds of these makeshift lodges. Children struggle to find small rocks or scraps of wood for their games. Adults scream neediness to whoever approaches them. A wind of despair permeates the environment; it is the atmosphere of the war. It is here that Alice* lives. She left her village with her four [...]