The Rehabilitation Centre for Disabled People”Heri Kwetu”, CRPH Heri Kwetu in short is a non-profit organisation that operates under the legal coverage of the Archdiocese of Bukavu.
It was founded in 1979 by Sr. Maria Teresa SAEZ MORENO.
In South Kivu Province, the Heri Kwetu Centre is located in the most popular district of Bukavu City in Ibanda Commune on Industrial Avenue 58, a road that connects Independence Square to the Kadutu Grand Market.
Since 2002, the CRPH has been integrated into the health pyramid of the Kadutu health zone as a health structure in South Kivu province.
According to the World Health Organization WHO report, the prevalence rate of disability in the population is 15%.
The Province of South Kivu, following post-conflict situations, seismicity, poorly controlled road traffic, uncontrolled construction, deterioration of the health system… causing as much as possible the different types of disability, is among the provinces predisposed to such a high prevalence of disability. People living with disabilities are left to their plight and have enormous difficulties in caring for them.
This situation has affected the sensitivity of some people in good faith and the religious congregation of the Sisters of the Company of Mary in the Archdiocese of Bukavu. Hence the initiative was born from the creation of the Rehabilitation Centre for Disabled People”Heri Kwetu”.
Over the years, the Centre has organized and developed community-based rehabilitation activities to contribute to improving the quality of life of people living with disabilities in South Kivu; with priority given to marginalized, highly vulnerable, poor and discriminated against people at all levels.
The main activities of the CRPH are:
Kinesitherapy and orthopaedic equipment.
Radiology, Dispensary, Laboratory.
Boarding school for disabled students from rural areas
Social Service (R.B.C).
Rehabilitation by Education :
Inclusive school: Blind, deaf, physically handicapped, poor, deprived children
Supervision of mentally deficient children.
Professional training (cutting and sewing, carpentry).
The CRPH has a main vocation but it also receives patients from time to time who come from neighbouring provinces.
Although the services provided by the CRPH are beneficial and have a great positive impact on improving the socio-economic life of beneficiaries, rehabilitation care is not yet integrated into primary health care and the services provided by the CRPH are not yet in line with national and international strategies and standards in order to benefit the vast majority of people living with disabilities.
These challenges are to be met by the CRPH for its good positioning and to serve as a model for other existing organisations working in the same field but in an isolated and non-standard way, yet there are opportunities for support with the various partners, both state and non-governmental.