Health care to the destitute, the catastrophe afflicted and the poor families

The Dina Foundation ambulance on Zanzibar, in Tanzania.

Health care to the destitute, the catastrophe afflicted and the poor families

Surgical treatment of sexually abused girls in Congo

A great number of the girls we help in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are in need of surgical treatment at a hospital because their assailants have pushed physical objects into their victims. The victims are children from 2 years and up. The Dina Foundation partners with the world-known Dr. Denis Mukwege, the founder of Panzi hospital in Bukavu and also a doctor there. He is now among the world’s leading experts on how to heal the inner, physical injuries caused by gang rape and he has also received several awards for his work. As we partner with this hospital we offer the best possible treatment to our girls. At our centers the girls are followed-up, given access to psychological help to work through their traumas and lawyers so they can process their case.

Dr. Denis Mukwege was among the guests on a Scandinavian renowned talk-show named Skavlan in October 2014. - See the interview here.

The operation of a hospital in East Congo

In Kititu in East Congo the Norwegian Pentecostal-movement’s Missions-alliance  has built a hospital that provides the only health care offered to a population of 141.688. The Dina Foundation supports the operation of this hospital. This hospital holds a capacity of 120 beds, with only 88 being in use. Still this is almost twice as good compared to what the health department offers (1: 1610 compared to 1:1000). The hospital is well equipped holding a maternity ward, a center for handicapped, X-ray, operating rooms, medical- and surgical wards. In addition it holds a children ward, where also children that are suffering from malnutrition are treated. These children are being feed and receive medical treatment. Care is also given to handicapped children. In average 15 patients are treated each day.

A mobile clinic on Zanzibar

The mobile clinic run by The Dina Foundation on Zanzibar visits villages on a weekly basis, offering free health checks and free medicine. The public healthcare available to the islands 1.3 million inhabitants is very limited. The poor families on the island are suffering the most under this system. In average 300 patients are treated at our clinic each week. Common diseases are HIV/ AIDS, malaria, and diarrhea. Those in need of additional help get this from a doctor who runs a public clinic. He is also the team leader when they are on the road. The majority of the expenses connected to operation this clinic is being covered by Operation Blessing.

Clinics in Indonesia

The Dina Foundation has founded two clinics in Indonesia, one in Surabaya and one in Mandao. These clinics help people that suffer from an ongoing natural disaster and poor families that live on the garbage dumps. Both of these clinics are now self-supported.

Read more about:

Mobile clinic on Zanzibar, Tanzania
Hospital in Kititu, DRC
Sexually abused girls in Bukavu, DRC
The Dina Clinic in Surabaya, Indonesia
The Dina Clinic in Manado, Indonesia

Photos of the project

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  • Little boy gets help from the hospital in Kititu, in DRC. Photography: Sol Nodeland.
  • Poor on Zanzibar is assisted by The Dina Foundation mobile clinic on the island. Photography: Nathalie Edvardsen.
  • The Dina Foundation offices in Zanzibar. Photography: Nathalie Edvardsen.
  • Jackson drives The Dina Foundation mobile ambulance on Zanzibar. Photography: Nathalie Edvardsen.
  • Mother with her newborn daughter in hospital Kititu, in DR Congo. Photography: Sol Nodeland.
  • The Dina Clinic in Surabaya in Indonesia. This clinic is now self-sustaining. Photographer: Geir Egeland.
  • Patient at the dentist at the Dina Clinic in Surabaya, Indonesia. Photography: Geir Egeland.