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 [...]
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 [...]
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In Goma, HEAL Africa gives emergency care to the war wounded.
Goma, 20 Novembre 2012 – 41 people are now inpatients at the HEAL Africa hospital after being injured by bullets during the fights between the armed forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) and the Movement of March 23 (M23). These battles occurred in the city of Goma Monday the 19th and Tuesday the 20th of November 2012.
The number of wounded includes 19 children under 18 years [...]
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 [...]
In the early hours of November 19, Dr. Jo Lusi, Co-founder of HEAL Africa in Goma, spoke on the phone with Judy Anderson, Executive Director of HEAL Africa in the United States. He said one or more rockets landed in Birere, a short distance from the hospital. HEAL Africa hospital is currently treating 30 patients who were wounded. It wasn’t immediately [...]
Goma – HEAL Africa will reinforce its activity in the health zones affected by the armed conflicts in North Kivu in eastern Congo. Thanks to a generous donation from the French government, HEAL Africa will be able to extend its services to children in difficult situations in the territories of Rutshuru, Kayna, Binza and Masisis. In the program, “Children like Us” HEAL Africa will continue its work to heal children with congenital malformation, children living with HIV, and will [...]
On Tuesday, March 20th, Senator Dick Durbin paid tribute to Lyn Lusi on the floor of the US Senate. Below is an excerpt from that speech. To watch the full speech given in the US Senate, click here.
“We just got word this morning that Lyn passed away from cancer. I wished to come to the floor and remember her and the great work she has done, which I am sure will be carried on by Jo her [...]