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.