This program helps in providing proper, good and affordable health care to vulnerable and poor people living in Uvira Territory especially women and children. After receiving many patients at the MHCD Luvungi Hospital, we found out that there were many cases in need of different specialists. When we were sending them to go to other towns for treatment, they were unable due to the high costs of treatment, between USD150 –USD 500 of which they could not afford and most had to just go back to their homes to continue suffering their and some lost their lives. For example, operations for Hernia and appendix in Uvira is Usd 150, Goitre is Usd 500 and there are no specialists for this in Uvira District so one has to travel outside town. Prostate surgery costs Usd 1000.This is quite a lot which the poor and vulnerable patients can never afford and this is why they just gave up and went to their homes to suffer from there.
This is why MHCD together with Luvungi General Hospital started this program for the sake of providing free operations to vulnerable and poor people .We get specialists from Kinshasa and Nairobi in different domain’s especially gynaecology, paediatrics, surgery, ophthalmology, dentistry, neurology, orthopaedic, physiotherapy and anaesthetists. They come to Luvungi MHCD General Hospital for a month or two conducting the operations and providing special care. Through this program, we have already assisted more than 8000 patients and operated more than 3000.
The campaign has brought huge impact on the community, many families that had separated due to diseases are now together, women who had been rejected in the communities are now integrated and living in peace with other people, it has brought peace,joy,reconciliation,hope,prosperity and poverty reduction in so many families and communities. Minor operations cost Usd 70, Standard operations cost Usd 150 and major ones cost Usd 300.