Small Primary Healthcare unit makes big impact in DRC
“The democratic republic of Congo is extremely rich in natural resources but has suffered from political instability, lack of infrastructure, corruption and exploitation. Two million children risk starvation, and the ongoing fighting of the rivaling troupes has displaced over 4.5 million people.”
Multiple NGO’s , Foundations, companies and UN departments are active in DRC to provide all kinds of help to provide a decent living condition when possible. One of these local organizations is Federation of Women for Peace and Development; in French: Fédération de Femmes Pour la Paix et le Développement (FEPADE) is a registered non-government organization working in South Kivu province in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). FEPADE works to improve the living conditions of local communities affected by the ongoing conflict in eastern Congo and the associated lack of access to essential services. It focuses on peace and human rights, social and economic empowerment of women, assistance for victims of sexual violence, and support for children.
Hospitainer Foundation has donated a Primary Healthcare Unit to Fepade to drive around three locations to provide in basic checkups and small surgical interventions. Since the start of this project 6 months ago, they have been able to help 4205 people. Top 4 of cases that have been seen are:
- GEA, Gastrointestinal disease
- Tyhoid fever
One other service that stands out is that they have seen 55 surgical cases. Hospitainer keeps supporting Fepade with its mission and will keep track of its ongoing medical service.
This project is a collaboration between Hospitainer and Tearfund NL & UK. Tear fund has a local office in DRC and is supporting FEPADE with its own expertise. Read more