The most vulnerable patients requiring medical help are unable to afford the cost due to poverty, and other associated factors. Often they have to make harsh choices – knowingly putting their health at risk because they cannot see their children go hungry. The cost of doctors’ fees, a course of drugs and transport to reach a health centre can be devastating, both for the individual and their relatives who need to care for them or help them reach and pay for treatment. In the worst cases, the burden of illness may mean that families sell their property, take children out of school to earn a living or even start begging, perpetuating a vicious cycle that leaves their medical needs unmet.
WorldShare supports the design and implementation of programs that respond to the health needs of the poor and marginalised. Better health is not only central to human happiness and well-being, it also makes an important contribution to community development.
We believe loving like Jesus means transforming the lives of those with severe medical needs.
Every day HEAL Africa receives poor, vulnerable and displaced people who have come to seek medical assistance but are unable to meet the costs of treatment. As an organisation with a mission to compassionately serve vulnerable people and communities, the hospital cannot
turn them away. Mercy Fund was created to cover these medical and associated expenses for the most vulnerable patients presenting at the HEAL Africa hospital.
HEAL Africa’s patients represent one of the most vulnerable groups in the country. The hospital has chaplains that provide holistic care and spiritual support. Very few hospitals in the DRC have chaplains at all and the current chaplains require additional and ongoing training. HEAL Africa runs a Chaplaincy training program that trains both male and female chaplains to provide wholistic and spiritual care for the hospital’s patients and to train other church leaders in the community. The chaplains provide advocacy and counselling spiritual support at the hospital and in the community particularly to those facing trauma, such as victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. The project supports the training of chaplains from various prisons, schools, hospitals and churches across North Kivu. After their training the chaplains will work to bring restoration to the broken hearts of vulnerable people with trauma in conflict torn communities.