Panzi Hospital of Bukavu, needs our help!

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Our History
 

The GRHP was established in 1999 in response to the atrocities being committed on the population of Bukavu during the “war of liberation” of 1996. As a result of the war many people were displaced for the security. Access to medical care was severely compromised and the death rate among the population, specifically the maternal death rate rose sharply. Pregnant women had the choice of either walking 8km north to the nearest medical center or laboring and delivering at home. As well transport was highly unsafe in this area and women or their infants needing urgent care could not reach the medical center in time.Thus in 1998, UNICEF agreed to help build a maternity center for the population. This was done with the AUSTRIA organization who offered a mobile hospital. The hospital was however looted during the war, destroying all donated materials. One year later a Swedish organization called PMU Interlife, rekindled the project. A lot of land, given by the Congo to the 8th CEPAC, contained two old buildings that were rehabilitated in order to start the center. Subsequent buildings were built giving rise to the present campus housing 334 patient beds and providing services in Obstetrics, Gynecology, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, general and specialized Surgery, Ophthalmology, Dental and Nutritional. Service is as well available for victims of sexual violence. It also boasts its own laboratory, radiology, ultrasonography and endoscopy units. A pharmacy is also present on campus.

During the inauguration of the hospital, there were ten healthy deliveries and the first patient was operated on, who was a victim of sexual violence and had sustained a gunshot wound to the lower extremity. Since then the hospital has received multiple victims of sexual violence. It is these victims, who we shall heretofore refer to as survivors, who make up the bulk of patients being cared for at this institution. Of 350 patients received, 250 (71%) are survivors. Some are still awaiting treatment. Thus the GRHP has becoming the main referral center of South Kivu and North Katanga (Kalemie), occasionally receiving patients from other parts of the Congo.

check out the website to get info on how you can help!

www.panihospitalbukavu.org

Democratic Republic of Congo
South Kivu Province
8th Community of Pentecostal Churches in Central Africa (CEPAC)
Medical Department
GENERAL REFERRAL HOSPITAL OF PANZI
Po. Box. : 266 BUKAVU

E-MAIL : info@panzihospitalbukavu.com

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