For many decades the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo), has been characterized by extreme violence, mass population displacements, widespread rape, and a collapse of public health services. Since 1998 alone, more than 6 million people have died and more than 1.2 million have been displaced. While these atrocities have scarred DR Congo, we see hope for Congo. We see talented local residents willing to give back to their own communities. We see hard work and resourcefulness. And we see resilience. Our goal at HEAL Africa is to provide the physical, spiritual and mental healing so people can take an active role in the transformation of their own development.
The 197-bed tertiary referral hospital is one of only three referral hospitals in the DR Congo. It provides general surgery, orthopedics, obstetrics and gynecology (including fistula repair), pediatrics, and internal medicine. It also serves as a center for healthcare and research, and for training doctors and healthcare professionals. The hospital comprises roughly 20% of HEAL Africa’s work.
The other 80% of our work is focused on community development efforts. HEAL Africa supports Safe Houses throughout North Kivu and the Maniema provinces, and partners with over 90 remote clinics and hospitals. Programs address gender-based violence, public health and health education, law and justice training, community development and rebuilding, spiritual development, and personal finance through micro-loans. In cases where a child's education may be interrupted, HEAL Africa's community development workers will coordinate the educational needs of each child to ensure continuity of their learning. Thanks to this multidisciplinary approach, HEAL Africa is at the forefront of addressing the community-wide health, social, and economic issues raised by ongoing conflict and effects of extreme poverty.
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In practicing stewardship, we make every effort to stretch our resources. Since our operations in the mid-1990s, we have been extremely blessed by those who have given time and money to allow us to provide much needed services to the people of DRC. But over time our buildings begin to deteriorate, our resources must be shared among a growing need, and we need additional staff to provide the services. In the forefront of our agenda is maintaining the space in which we operate and strengthening the current programs we offer. Some of these include:
Repair, construct new facilities or modernize current amenities (such as toilets, space for women and children, and kitchen.)
Strengthen our grants and proposal capacity and improve our design, monitoring and evaluation process.
Improve our communications and technological capacity in the Hospital and the Program Administration departments.
Strengthen current programs, with specific urgency to advocating for vulnerable populations.
To review our project priorities in greater detail read our 2014 Annual Report. Do you have skills that could bring HEAL Africa and their services to the next level? Find out how you can become a partner!