Shasha is a refuge camp approximately 90 minutes northwest of Goma. Shasha is a “Spontaneous” displacement site — it was established by the inhabitants rather than any governmental or humanitarian organization. Although the community is well organized, with a leadership structure, the people of Shasha are poor and in need of basic survival resources.
We are starting a goat and cattle raising project for the women of the Shasha refugee camp. This program will provide a source of income and food for the women and allow them to regain financial independence and care for their families.
In early August we sent a truck load of radiology supplies and equipment and an Ultrasound unit to New Orleans to be included in the sea container of medical equipment that will ship at the end of September to Ngangi.
On August 9th the Dayton Daily New, Hamilton News and Lebanon Star all featured full page articles on Project Congo. These have generated invaluable interest and support.
The Project Congo Run on August 15th was well attended and a lot of fun. It generated enough money to purchase a much need neonatal incubator for premature babies at the medical center. Many thanks to all those who turned out to help and run!
Looking to the month of September, the Cat Scan unit donated by the VA Medical Center in New Orleans should be dismanteled and crated and ready for shipment by the end of the month. A second container of medical supplies consisting of items donated to or purchased by Project Congo along with medical equipment donated by the VA Medical Center should begin it’s journey to the DRC about the same time. With the contents of these container we hope to have a fully functioning Xray department in 2010, as well as a small surgery and ICU.
On September 13th a group of Dentist and Radiologists will arrive at Ngangi Medical Center to survey needs and see how they can help during a month long visit, tenatively scheduled for August 2010.
On a sadder note, for those suffering from deprivation, illness, injury and starvation caused by the on going warfare there is no immediate end in sight. The invasion by Rwandan forces at the begining of the year brought some temporary stability, which has since erroded. Planned resettlement of refugees have been canceled and refugees continue to stagger into the Goma area in search of refuge.
Many thanks to the West Chester Fire dept for their donations of 35 oxygen tanks, tee shirts and misc respiratory supplies. Project Congo has purchased an Invacare Oxygen tank filling unit that will allow the tanks to be filled and reused on site.
I just returned from New Orleans where we selected medical equipment donated from the VA Medical Center to fill a sea container. Included in the container will be a portable Xray machine, leaded aprons, view boxes and endoscopy supplies. This really moves to Xray project along. We are working to get xray developing equipment and an ultrasound unit to include with the shipment. The dream of Xray capabilities at Ngangi is within our grasp.
Medical supplies shipped by Project Congo in January and February to Ngangi Medical Center have arrived safely. The center will now have limited oxygen delivery and supplies to set up a small intensive care unit. Plan are to build a small addition to house the unit. We will continue to provide medical equipment and supplies to fully equip this unit. If your Hospital; or organization has supplies to donation-please contact us.
14,150 Patients cared for
232 cases transferred (high risk obstetrics, surgical, psychiatric, medical testing)
722 severe malnutrition inpatient cases rehabilitated with an average hospital stay of 72 days