|A Gem in the Rough: A New Hospital for DRC’s most Vulnerable|
Kilomoni, Uvira in the Democratic Republic of Congo – On May 10th AVSI inaugurated the Mario Vannucci hospital in Kilomoni, a border town marked by insecurity and a chronic deficit of infrastructure. The hospital aims at promoting human dignity and development in a community devastated by decades of conflict.
This “gem”, as it was described by local political authorities and H.E. Sébastien-Joseph Muyengo Mulombe, bishop of the Diocese of Uvira, will serve the most vulnerable people living in the region of Uvira, located 2 kilometers from the border with Burundi. Thanks to the generosity of Italian donor Mario Maiani, AVSI has been working since 2012 on the construction of the hospital. It will offer a number of pediatric, maternal, and basic health care services that include general screening and check ups. The hospital also houses an operating room for emergencies.
referenced the parable with the hospital there as a concrete example for all to see. In the very beginning of its ministry, the contribution of the community and local health authorities will be essential to ensure the proper management and future sustainability of the hospital.
Gathering local authorities, community members, religious orders and other significant stake holders with an invested interest in the development of Uvira, the inauguration witnessed to AVSI’s insistence on the importance of “last mile” of development. Without the continued involvement and investment of the entire community in the hospital’s future, it will not be able to meet or properly respond to the needs of those it hopes to serve. The inauguration of the project is only the beginning of the community’s empowerment and journey toward development. With time, they too must discover Mario Maini’s desire to share the need of the most vulnerable as their own.