Health programs

IMPROVING THE HEALTH OF DRC’S POOREST

Through the Gertler Family Foundation (GFF) our pledge to support the DRC and its people goes deeper, where we endeavor to improve the general health and wellbeing of the wider communities in which we operate – a particularly onerous challenge in isolated areas.

  • $3M
    GFF contribution for HCK hospital

A combination of staff passion and advanced training and the hospital’s neo-natal unit, designated children’s ward, two state-of-the-art operating theaters, mobile clinic and affordability have enabled us to comprehensively address the healthcare needs of Kisangani’s under-five and general population.” 
 HCK medical director Dr. J. Andre Hattingh

Recent Development Projects in DRC

MEDICAL AND MATERNITY CENTER IN KASENYI

Opened a medical and maternity center in Kasenyi with a treatment capacity of approximately 2000 people per month, with two full-time doctors and four full-time nurses on the Oil of DRCongo payroll.

 

HCK IN KISANGANI

Opened in January 2013, Hôpital du Cinquantenaire de Kisangani (HCK) is working to transform how healthcare is delivered in the DRC’s third largest city. The 120-strong medical staff at the 102-bed facility, specializing in pediatrics has also contributed to dramatically reducing infant mortality and is saving countless lives.

In 2012, a $2 million contribution from the Gertler Family Foundation (GFF) made it possible to fully equip, supply and re-open the hospital (after a closure due to lack of funds) – providing a Level IV Trauma Center with advanced trauma life support (ATLS), an emergency room and 24-hour laboratory among other ATLS requirements.

While originally GFF contributed an additional $1 million to hire staff and manage HCK for one year, it has now supported it for the third year in a row.

 

ST RAYMOND HEALTHCARE CENTRE

Located about 35km from central Kinshasa, Centre de Santé St. Raymond is a small remote health clinic serving the extremely poor population of Nganda Yala and the surrounding Commune of N’Sele.

Founded in 2006, the Centre has always struggled to provide basic health care to the several thousand residents in its primary area of responsibility – suffering from malnutrition, malaria, tuberculosis, and other endemic diseases.

The Gertler Family Foundation (GFF) began working with Centre de Santé St. Raymond in early 2012. A GFF grant of $88,000 helped the Centre secure vital medicines, construct a new multi-purpose covered shelter used for civic events, purchase a Toyota Land Cruiser to transfer patients with life-threatening conditions and emergency c-sections from rural areas to larger better-equipped medical facilities, as well as rescue abandoned and malnourished children.

The GFF contribution also helped restore electricity to the clinic, replacing the delivery of babies by candlelight, and purchased clothing for newborn babies and children.