Laboratory Bwako in Butembo
The medical lab is in the Kivu-Province in the Democratic Republic, close to the Ugandan and Rwandan borders. The population has suffered for many years as a result of the persistent civil war.
The need for medical care is critical. Many illnesses are directly linked to malnutrition and poor hygiene. There is one doctor for a population of more than 100, 000 people, plagued by Malaria, AIDS, Typhus and Cholera.
The Laboratory Bwako has a central function in the field of diagnostics and health education. In close collaboration with the resident doctors, a ring of rural supply centres has been established in the last 10 years.
Mr. Kakule Mansangavuka’s goal is to have a central reference lab and a blood-bank for the Kivu-Region. This is an inspired vision, that is however, not possible to achieve in the current situation in Congo, without help from abroad. Through the untiring commitment to the Kivu-Region and with help from material donations, the Laboratory Bwako has become an institution.
In structurally weak regions, decommissioned, fully functional equipment can save lives! A 17 kWh generator from the stockpiles of the former National People’s Army of the GDR, enabled BWAKO to be independent of the unstable electricity supply provided by a coffee farm. As a result, Bwako was able to broaden the spectrum of possible medical tests.