Joanna’s surgery is behind her

Democratic Republic of Congo

The second largest country of Africa, full of paradoxes. On one hand, it is rich in natural resources (including cobalt, copper, coltan, crude oil, diamonds, gold); on the other hand, its inhabitants are among the poorest in the world. For decades, the DRC has been suffering from prolonged conflicts that have led to one of the most severe humanitarian crises in the world.

  • 77% of the population live in extreme poverty for less than $1.90 a day
  • 16% of the country’s population, i.e. over 13 million people, require immediate humanitarian assistance
  • 13,6 million people are deprived of access to safe water sources and proper sanitary and hygienic facilities
  • numerous outbreaks of deadly diseases, including measles, malaria, cholera and Ebola
  • about 10% of all malaria deaths in sub-Saharan Africa occurred here
Our hospital carries


medical procedures per year
We treat about


malaria patients every year
Our midwives delivered about


babies in 2021


A few years ago, we could only dream of being able to save cancer patients. Today, thanks to your High Fives! our medical center in Ntamugenga is treating more and more complicated cases. If we don’t help these people, no one will.

Joanna’s parents went to several hospitals before coming here. There is only one oncologist in all of North Kivu, so getting an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan is incredibly difficult. Doctors were helpless at the sight of a few-month-old girl with a large mass on her cheek. Her mother was determined to find a doctor who could provide real help and finally turned to us.

We did an ultrasound and a biopsy, sister Agnieszka brought in an oncologist for a consultation and we made the decision to operate. Little Joanna has the surgery behind her. The biopsy showed that the change is not cancerous, allowing her family to breathe a sigh of relief. The swelling visible on the photo taken a few days ago is getting smaller every day, while Joanna’s smile and playful attitude are growing by the day.

These are the types of things we can accomplish with your High Fives.

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