HEAL Africa, DR Congo
Impacting this war-torn country with critical medical healing and restoration for young children and sexually abused women and providing community education for the Congolese people
Goma, in eastern DR Congo, used to be a holiday resort for Belgian colonials. Today it is a grim place. The poverty and neglected infrastructure is exacerbated by the lava flows from the volcanic eruption in 2002 that left the city with a grey and hard edge. After years of civil unrest, the people are wary and untrusting.
In the midst of this grimness, HEAL Africa shines like a beacon, restoring health and building hope for hundreds of people through its medical and community programs. HEAL Africa was established by Dr. Jo Lusi and his wife Lyn, supported by a team of committed health workers, pastors and counsellors, who have won the respect of the local population and officials.
HEAL Africa’s work includes orthopaedic and fistula surgery for the victims of sexual violence, Christian ministry, training for local doctors and nurses, community legal clinics and a program called Choisir La Vie (Choose Life), which educates the population about HIV/AIDS and support families affected by the disease.
This video describes the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo and how HEAL Africa is transforming people's live.
Democratic Republic of Congo
Straddling the Equator, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), is the second largest country in Africa after Algeria. The 61 million inhabitants comprising 250 ethnic groups speaking 700 local languages endure one of the world's lowest living standards. War, government corruption, neglected public services and depressed copper and coffee markets are contributing factors.
||UNDP 2015 Human
|Democratic Republic of the Congo
|2nd of 188
||176th of 188
||Life Expectancy at Birth
||Average Years of Schooling
|Population earning below
$1.25 / day (PPP)
||Gross Domestic Product
per capita (2011 PPP USD)