Deaconess Nundu Hospital
Democratic Republic of Congo
Facing Congo Realities
- Nundu Deaconess Hospital is located in the South Kivu Province of Eastern Congo.
- Despite a period of war from 1996 to 2008, DNH has continued to function under the leadership of national doctors.
- Political and civil unrest continue, impacting the primary healthcare provided by the system of 21 health centers supervised by DNH.
- Ability of patients to pay for medical care is limited by ongoing poverty and civil unrest. Your prayers and financial support are very much appreciated.
- Hospital buildings, which have suffered from neglect during the war, have been refurbished.
Pediatric Ward & Maternity
- DNH is a 110 bed hospital providing referral services for a population of over 300,000
- A new pediatric pavilion completed in 2016 increased the number of pediatric beds to 42.
- A new maternity was completed in 2018, providing a total of 37 maternity beds and now reporting on average 70 deliveries per month. One third of the deliveries at the hospital are by caesarian section.
- This improved environment has provided for expansion of inpatient services and has sent a message of hope to our community.
- A neonatal intensive care unit provides treatment for premature and sick newborns.
School of Nursing
- The school trains nurses to work in the hospital and in health centers in the Nundu Health Zone.
- Founded in 1987 and continuing despite a period of war, 374 nurses have graduated. For the school year 2021-22, 68 students were enrolled.
- While health centers have midwives for routine deliveries, complicated cases are referred to DNH. Complex medical and surgical cases are also referred to the hospital.
- The curriculum was updated in 2022, based on modern, interactive teaching methods. A track to train midwives has been added.
The Most Frequent Diseases
Your contributions help with patient care for those who are unable to pay. . .
Butterfield Foundation Funds Solar Expansion
Nundu had been without a reliable source of electricity and water for many years.
- I-TEC (International Technical Electrical and Construction) designed and built solar and water purification systems were installed in October 2018.
- The impact of solar power is significant, providing the hospital, school of nursing and staff housing with electricity 24 hours a day
Butterfield Foundation partnered with Deaconess Nundu Hospital to triple the capacity of the 17 KVA system (see November 12, 2022 newsletter). Installation was completed in October 2023 by a team of I-TEC volunteers. Additional funds came from the Melvin Spencer estate. Thank you to all for making this project a success.
Your Contributions Help With...
- Pharmaceuticals and medical supplies
- The cost of patient care for those who are unable to pay (The most frequent diseases are: Malaria (35%), Anemia (32%), Diarrhea (14%), and Respiratory Infections (8%).)
- Hospital equipment
- Staff salaries
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