St. Vincent Hospital is located in the city of Bukavu in the South Kivu region of the eastern part of Democratic Republic of Congo. Goma in North Kivu is situated on Lake Kivu at the northern end, and Bukavu is located on that same lake at the southern end. We travel between Goma and Bukavu by boat.
Project Congo is now partnering with an Italian non-profit called “Con Vista Sul Mondo” to support St. Vincent’s. They, like us, are a small group of volunteers with about the same budget. Together we can do more than each of us alone! We signed a consortium agreement with Con Vista Sul Mondo and St. Vincent’s in 2015. International consortiums can apply for grants from large non-profit organizations. Our first joint project together was to each contribute a salary subsidy to St. Vincent’s to ensure the employees there earn a living wage. Currently we are partnering to complete the construction of the Maternity Unit at St. Vincent’s.
Care for Victims of Sexual Violence
St Vincent’s offers specialized care for victims of rape and sexual violence.
The Chief of Surgery, Dr Jeff Mibi, has undergone specialty training in Italy to perform fistula repairs and gynecologic reconstructive surgery. The hospital also receives visiting gynecological surgeons from Italy, who perform surgeries and train staff.
Between 2015 and 2017 the center cared for 326 victims of rape of which:
- 53 required fistula repairs
- 32 received obstetric care for resulting pregnancies
- 128 perineal lesions were repaired
- 86 had severe genital infection
- 27 received other ob-gyn surgery
- 82% received psychological support
So far this year (2017) center has a waiting list of 380 victims who require surgical intervention or other care.
In 2016, Dr. Jeff started a local NGO (non-governmental organization, which is like non-profit status in the USA) to more completely support victims of rape. It is called “Sante et Developement” (Health and Development in English) but uses the acronym S.A.D. Volunteer social workers go out to villages to seek out rape victims, bring them to Bukavu where they are sheltered in tents or with foster families. Dr. Jeff provides medical care to these women for free and volunteer psychologists work with them to address their trauma.
Read News related to our St Vincent Program
- Project Congo and Con Vista Sul Mondo agree to jointly fund Maternity Center (Wednesday, September 28th, 2016) September 2016 Project Congo and Con Vista Sul Mondo agreed today to partner in providing funds to St. Vincent Hospital in ...
- Project Congo Enters Consortium Agreement (Tuesday, December 15th, 2015) December 2015 St. Vincent’s Hospital in Bukavu has been supported over the years by two nonprofit organizations. Project Congo is one, ...
- New Laboratory installed at St. Vincent’s Hospital (Wednesday, July 30th, 2014) Project Congo, in partnership with Worldwide Labs installed a new laboratory at St. Vincent’s which will allow for diagnostic testing ...
- 2013 DRC Trip Cancelled due to Security (Thursday, June 13th, 2013) This year’s trip to the DRC had to be cancelled for security reasons. In 2013 the Eastern Congo saw escalating fighting and ...