With a Spear in His Stomach - An Extraordinary Story of Survival and Support

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.

Overview:
  • 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 over

27 000

medical procedures per year
We treat about

7000

malaria patients every year
Our midwives delivered about

953

babies in 2023

25.08.2023

“Listen, the guy who got hit with a spear came out of hospital. Four holes in his intestines, perforated stomach, and he came out twelve days after the operation. He has a check-up in a month. I was shocked when I saw that.”  says Agnieszka. We look at the photographs of the middle-aged man and can’t believe that such a serious problem can be solved in such a short time.

Dr Patient is a miracle worker. He operated on the Congolese man, prescribed an appropriate diet and convalescence. The patient is already feeling well, if one can say that about a man who was kidnapped. He did not want to be just a passive victim, so he started to fight his kidnappers. He arrived at the hospital with a spear in his abdomen because the kidnappers had simply abandoned him. The people who found him in a serious condition arranged for him to be transported to our hospital in Ntamugenga.

Despite a good diet, he lost a lot of weight, so we included him in the nutrition centre programme. He will receive 3 kilos of special high-protein flour from us every week, and if that is not enough, we will provide him with additional portions of rice and vegetables. Full-time farm work will not be possible for some time yet, but we will do our best to get him back to full fitness as soon as possible.

We often show the youngest patients of our hospital, but we also regularly help adults. We strongly encourage you to donate at least one bag of blood or one IV drip to the hospital in Ntamugenga. Especially the latter are worth their weight in gold, even though they cost so little. No hospital ward can do without them, and thanks to them we can not only hydrate the patients, but also administer intravenous antibacterial and painkilling drugs.

Urgent Help Needed

Save the Pharmacy for the Poorest in Togo

This amount will allow for equipping pharmacy shelves for the first half of the year. Ania and Mateusz will take care of this, and they will fly to Togo in February and fill the shelves with the most essential antibiotics, antimalarial drugs, and pain relievers. The Saoudé Pharmacy has people to save. It cannot succeed without your support.

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We already have :
2,032 EUR
We need:
6,667 EUR