During the second war in DR Congo (1998 2003) many regions in the province of South Kivu were inaccessible. Humanitarian aid could not reach the population. In some regions, the situation today is still the same due to enduring armed conflicts. In other regions, the security situation in the meantime has stabilised.
The socioeconomic situation of the population, however, in only improving very slowly. There is no really functioning health system. The government is not in a position to pay the salaries for the health staff, and the income of the health facilities is not sufficient to cover their expenses. In addition, management and administration of the state health facilities are still very insufficient.
Already since 1996 Malteser International has been the only non-governmental organisation (NGO) working in this region. Malteser International has proved itself as a reliable and professional partner of the local health facilities. Based on its long-standing experience the health system will be improved and become more functional on all levels. Even in future the population will have a durable and equitable access to basic health care.
|Duration:||since January 2011|
|Financing:||SDC (Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation), Malteser International, donations|
|Partner:||national and local health authorities and local partners|