GlobeMed at Amherst is currently partnered with Heart and Sole Africa which is based in Ruhengeri, Rwanda. This organization focuses on combating the condition podoconiosis, more commonly known as elephantitis in its later stages. It is caused by high concentrations of silica soil of the Virunga Volcanic Mountain region. Heart and Sole Africa was founded in 2009 as a free clinic to treat these patients and educate people about the disease.
Today, Heart and Sole Africa focuses on disease treatment, education and prevention, and income generation for people affected by podoconiosis to generally improve their health and reduce the stigma surrounding this disease. Heart and Sole Africa currently has two major clinics in Rwanda and Uganda which also holds local educational programs. They have also developed a project for sewing machine distribution for podoconiosis patients to help them generate income.
Heart and Sole Africa has worthy goals that align well with our mission. We are excited to see what GlobeMed and Heart and Sole Africa can accomplish together. Here's to a successful partnership! You can find more information about our partner on their website created by Katie Savage, our Director of Partnerships!
Pastoral staff and GROW Team