Project Congo, in partnership with Worldwide Labs installed a new laboratory at Centre Medico-Chirurgical de Goma which will allow for diagnostic testing resulting in higher quality medical care for patients in Bukavu, DRC. The lab includes microscopes, centrifuges, refrigerator, and a variety of test equipment all set up to run on car batteries. This gives doctors the ability to perform blood and urine analysis both for their own patients, and as a service to other health facilities in the area (providing an income stream).
Worldwide Labs is a nonprofit based in Michigan that purchases and accepts donations of used quality laboratory equipment. They completely refurbish the equipment and provide technicians to install it onsite and train doctors, nurses and lab techs. James
Borody was the lab technician who installed the lab and provided training. Prior to joining WWLabs, James spent 11 years living in Niger. He speaks French fluently.
At the request of Dr. Alfred Mwenebatende, the landlord of the buildings being leased for Centre Medico-Chirurgical de Goma completed construction of a small additional building which adds 3 patient beds to the hospital.
This allows for segregation of male and female patients.
The rent for the hospital will be raised as a consequence of this expansion by $50/month.
Dr. Alfred Mwenebatende announced the reopening of the Project Congo sponsored hospital that was destroyed in 2013 by M23 Rebels.
Centre Medico-Chirurgical Hospital is located in Goma, not far from the destroyed hospital. Dr Alfred was able to save some equipment before the rebels overtook that area of Goma and has re-installed it all in the new hospital.
Project Congo commits to supporting this new hospital with equipment, funds and training.
This year’s trip to the DRC had to be cancelled for security reasons.
In 2013 the Eastern Congo saw escalating fighting and violence by the M23 rebels in the area. In late 2012 the rebels took control of the city of Goma. In the rural areas villages were liquidated and mass killing took place. Don Bosco Ngangi was able to provide shelter, food and medical care for thousands of refugees. The Nutritional Center cared for increasing numbers of sever malnourished children and St Vincent’s sadly saw high numbers of rape vicitms.
Though we were unable to travel to the Congo we were able to send continued financial assistance and ship medical equipment and supplies.
We concentrated our efforts on the following programs:
1. The Nutrtional Center at Don Bosco Ngangi
2. Medical care of refugees at Don Bosco Ngangi and Health Alliance Goma
3. Medical and surgical care of rape victims at St Vincents
4. Education and tuition assistance for girls through the Simbas Girls Soccer Club.