‘More Than Surgery or Pills’: HEAL Africa Provides Holistic Care in Conflict-Torn Congo
“If you assist women and children, you have begun to deal with the health of a nation,” he said. In a country where “raping a woman is like nothing,” he added, “we must show women their rights and teach the men.”
Lusi believes that “healing is about more than surgery or pills.” He has put that philosophy to work in one of the world’s most troubled countries, devoting four decades to the practice of holistic medicine.
Until her death two years ago, his partner in that work was his wife, Lyn, an Englishwoman Lusi met in 1974 when she came to Congo to teach. The two worked in a hospital and in schools in the northeast of the country for many years. In 2000, they founded HEAL Africa, which became the region’s premier teaching hospital in Goma. HEAL stands for Health, Education, Action, and Leadership.