HEAL Africa is based in Goma, the eastern region of DRC, near the border of Rwanda. Our activities focus on the areas of Maniema, North Kivu, and South Kivu.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo is the 12th largest country in the world and the third largest country in Africa. It is approximately two thirds the size of Western Europe, covering, 2,344,858 square km of land in the middle of Africa.
About the area
OFFICIAL NAME: Democratic Republic of the Congo
OTHER NAMES: DR Congo, (Eastern) DRC, DROC, East Congo, Congo Kinshasa
CURRENT PRESIDENT: Joseph Kabila (January 26, 2001- Present)
POPULATION: 81,331,050 (CIA, 2015)
GOMA POPULATION: 1,000,000
GOVERNMENT TYPE: Republic
OFFICIAL LANGUAGE: French
ETHNIC GROUPS: 200+
KEY NATURAL RESOURCES: Diamonds, Gold, Coltan, Uranium, Copper, Tin, Silver, Cobalt, Niobium, Timber, Hydro Power, Manganese, Petroleum
GDP PER CAPITA: $456.05 USD (World Bank, 2015)
LIFE EXPECTANCY: 57.3 years
HEALTH CARE: 1 doctor and 5 nurses/midwives for every 10,000 people in the DR Congo (WHO, 2000-2010)
DEVELOPMENT AID RECEIVED: 26 Billion (over the last decade)