Violence in the DRC has displaced over 3 million people and many of these are now living in extreme poverty. Kasindi is an urbanisation of around 50,000 people close to the border with Uganda. In recent years 4,000 IDP's have fled to Kasindi from the surrounding areas. There is one small hospital attempting to meet their needs.
Unicef figures for the DRC show maternal mortality rate is 13 per 1,000, neonatal mortality rate is 42 deaths per 1,000 live births and infant mortality at 92 per 1,000, there are only 0.11 physicians per 1,000 population and a total health expenditure of $15 per capita. Whilst these statistics are shocking, through simple targeted interventions we believe they can be drastically improved.
Imagine If Trust and New Hope have raised £30,000 to build a health centre in Kasindi, which will become a community hub for the thousands of Internally Displaced People (IDP's) who have fled to the area in recent years. There are few opportunities for IDP's in the region to access affordable healthcare and education. Many suffer from preventable diseases and malnutrition. Our aim is to reduce the infant mortality rate, reduce infant malnutrition and improve quality of life for those who have been displaced. This will be achieved through a combination of affordable healthcare and community based clinics and patient education.
We expect the centre will be finished in the summer of 2017.