A deadly Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo is worsening an ongoing humanitarian crisis in a conflict-hit area of North Kivu. So far nearly 80 cases have been reported, and 44 people have lost their lives to the deadly virus. Jules Tanganika, our Ebola expert in the north-east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, talks to us about the recent outbreak in early August and how it is affecting people’s way of lifeRead more
Despite a wealth of raw materials, decades of exploitation, corruption and years of war have made The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) into one of the poorest countries in the world, scoring second to last in the UN Human Development Index 2014. Above all, the remote provinces in the east of the county face enormous challenges in terms of infrastructure. The population 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.
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 and Haut Uélé, where Malteser International has proven itself a reliable and competent partner for local hospitals and health facilities. 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.
Malteser International Locations: Program Office in Ariwara (Ituri Province), projects in 12 health zones of Ituri and Haut Uélé provinces.