Violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has displaced over 3 million people and many of these are now living in extreme poverty, especially in the North-East of the country. An estimated 4,000 IDP's have fled to Kasindi, an urbanisation of around 50,000 people, close to the Ugandan border. There is one small hospital attempting to meet their needs.
UNICEF report the rate of maternal mortality in the DRC 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 0.1 physicians per 1,000 people and a total health expenditure of $15 per capita.
We are currently providing healthcare through a rented clinic, supported by 3 nurses. Teams from the UK have supplied medicines, training and advanced procedures to those in need whilst a new health centre is being built. Once completed, the centre will become a community hub for the thousands of IDP's who have fled to the area. We propose that many of the displaced people, with whom we already have contact, will access the health centre and register as patients.
Nurses will carry out routine vaccinations for children as well as providing multivitamins and worming tablets. Women and girls will be offered family planning and sexual health services. A general appointment will cost $2 and a delivery $5, half the price of the government hospital. The centre will contain specialist equipment, a theatre and 2 wards, employing around 10 staff.
Over 3 years we expect to improve the lives of around 15,000 people in extreme poverty.
Through the training of 50 local leaders we will educate and empower local women and girls to make informed decisions for themselves and their families.
As a result of the increased health care and education, there will be a reduction in both infant mortality and under 5’s malnutrition as well as a general increase in quality of life.
After 3 years of investment in the project we expect that there will be enough well trained locals to maintain the provision of affordable healthcare as well as continuing the community education. We expect to continue to work with the project in years 4 and 5 with no financial input required, only offering support and troubleshooting where required.
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