Name: Lyn Lusi
Where: Goma, DRC
What she does: Co-Founder – Heal Africa
Impact: Restored the lives of hundreds of women affected by sexual violence
Nominated by: Mandy Marshall & Peter Grant, Co-Directors, Restored
Lyn Lusi has spent her professional lifetime in medical care for the people of DR Congo. She and her husband, (Dr. K.M. “Jo” Lusi) began what is now known as HEAL Africa over 12 years ago in Goma. HEALAfrica provides comprehensive health care for the residents of the Kivu provinces in eastern DRC. A tireless worker and campaigner Lyn has worked with the local churches and communities to overcome stigma in HIV and latterly gender-based violence (GBV). A Christian herself she has constantly found herself pushing the boundaries of the local church, and often winning in getting them to overcome stigma and discrimination of HIV and GBV. HEAL Africa’s gender justice programme, which works with local tribal leaders has resulted in the change of attitudes towards women and as a result some changes in local tribal law, something nobody can remember ever happening.
Lyn is tireless in her efforts to bring assistance from within the local community in Goma. The hospital not only provides pyscho-social care alongside the much needed fistula repair, but provides women with education and skills training so that when they do leave the hospital they can provide for themselves and their families. The impact of Lyn’s work has been far-reaching and has massively improved the lives of so many women.