In addition to the medical services provided by its tertiary care hospital in Goma, HEAL Africa supports community-based healthcare by training healthcare professionals and conducting health research in the conflict-ridden region.
Training Medical Professionals
HEAL Africa’s hospital in Goma is a highly regarded teaching hospital for training healthcare professionals. It offers training in Family Medicine, Gynecology and Obstetrics, General Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Radiology, Internal Medicine, and Pediatrics. HEAL Africa also goes to the rural health centers to train their nurses, many of whom have received only basic first aid training.
HEAL Africa is the UNFPA and UNICEF training site in northeastern DR Congo for the repair of fistula. Fistula is a tear in the vaginal or rectal wall resulting in incontinence. It is caused by labor complications, giving birth at a early age, or violent rape. HEAL Africa averages over 300 fistula repairs each year and has performed over 1,600 successful surgeries.
As a recognized clinical training center of the Medical Faculty of the University of Goma, HEAL Africa offers the first two years of accredited clinical specialization in Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Family Medicine, Surgery, and Orthopedics.
Continuing Medical Education
HEAL Africa hosts lectures given by international visiting doctors for the medical community in Goma. Medical teams from churches across North America, Europe, and Australia volunteer at HEAL Africa, teaching theory and practice in addition to working with Congolese doctors in the wards.
HEAL Africa also partners with Global Strategies, IPOP (International Pediatric Outreach Program), University of California San Francisco, University of Pretoria, University of Ghent (Belgium), University of Limpopo, and Makerere University (Uganda).
Medical Research and Study
HEAL Africa was founded on the principle that all interventions should be closely monitored for their outcomes and effectiveness. In support of this, all residents complete several supervised research projects over the course of their training. Many faculty also engage in research.