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DR Congo

Despite a wealth of raw materials, decades of exploitation, corruption and years of violent conflict have made the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) into one of the poorest countries in the world.

The remote provinces in the east of the county face enormous challenges in terms of infrastructure. The population also suffers from widespread malnutrition, low life expectancy, and a high rate of child mortality.

Medical provision across swathes of the country is either lacking, or unavailable due to the limited financial resources of the population. The humanitarian situation worsened in 2017, when conflict expanded across several localities in the Kasai region, driving up displacement and food insecurity. An estimated 15.6 million  people are in need of humanitarian assistance in 2020.

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How Malteser International is helping in DR Congo

Malteser International has been working in the eastern provinces of the DRC since 1996, and since then, it has successfully carried out a variety of projects in the areas of water and sanitation (WASH), health, and food security.

Our work is currently focused in the provinces of Ituri, Haut-Uélé, Bas-Uélé and Kasai Central, where Malteser International has proven itself a reliable and competent partner for local hospitals and health facilities. In close cooperation with the Congolese Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO), Malteser International is working to improve hygiene and infection prevention and control measures in response to the Ebola outbreak.Malteser International teams are also carrying out health promotion activities and reinforcing community engagement to sensitize members of the community about Ebola and ways to protect themselves against the disease.

With the advantage of many years of experience, the healthcare system will now be qualitatively improved and functionally restructured at all levels to allow the population access to a high quality of basic health care.

Covid-19: Responding with the People First Impact Method (P-FIM)

During the recent Ebola epidemic in the eastern part of the Democratic Republi of Congo (DRC), our team in the country employed a people-centred approach in responding to increasing mistrust and spread of rumours about the Ebola epidemic. As the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) spreads across the world, Malteser International is working to reduce its harmful impact by putting people at the centre of its response, using the P-FIM approach.

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Ensuring safe delivery for expectant mothers in DR Congo

The birth of a child is a magical moment. We are working to ensure this moment runs smoothly for women in DR Congo. In our maternity clinics, expectant mothers receive all the medical care they need, from pregnancy till delivery.

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A future for malnourished children in the DR Congo

About 400,000 children in the DR Congo are facing life-threatening acute malnourishment. Malteser International is helping to restore children to health through its support for the local hospital in Adi, north east of the country. Thanks to specialized treatment using therapeutic milk, children like Dorcas and Viola are given a chance to survive.

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Project information

Malteser International project locations:
In 7 health zones of Ituri and Haut Uélé provinces, in 3 health zones of Bas-Uélé and in 5 health zones of Kasai Central province.

Program Offices:
Ariwara (Ituri Province), Bondo (Bas-Uélé) and Kananga (Kasai Central).

Iovanna Lesniewski


Email: iovanna.lesniewski(at)malteser-international.org

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