AmeriCares has supported Nundu Deaconess Hospital, operated by the Free Methodist Church, since 2010. This secondary-level hospital serves patients living in the volatile eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), an area devastated by ongoing civil war and proxy wars spilling across the borders with Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi. Nundu Deaconess Hospital serves an estimated 175,000 individuals living in the area and treats over 12,000 patients each year, many of whom are displaced and victims of violence. The most common conditions treated at the hospital include malaria, HIV/AIDS, malnutrition and trauma from sexual violence.
Snapshot of the DRC:
Since its independence in 1960, the Democratic Republic of Congo has been riddled with conflict and political upheaval. The Second Congo War, which began in 1998, devastated the country and claimed the lives of an estimated 3 million people. Despite peace agreements, outbreaks of conflict still occur in the eastern part of the country. With a population of more than 70 million, it is one of Africa’s most populace countries with a life expectancy of 49 years in a region that averages 54 years. Critical health issues:
- Unacceptably high levels of maternal, infant and child mortality – some of the highest rates in the world
- Communicable diseases are leading causes of mortality and morbidity – especially infections, parasitic diseases, diarrheal diseases and respiratory infections
- High prevalence of tuberculosis
Decades of civil war and regional conflict have halted social development and economic growth in the world's least developed country. A humanitarian crisis brought on by the conflict has spiked recently due to opposition group activity and military operations in North and South Kivu provinces. Nearly 650,000 people are estimated to be newly displaced.
Since 2010, AmeriCares has sent 3 air shipments totaling almost $300,000 in aid; the deliveries included basic medical supplies and medicines.
- In 2010, AmeriCares delivered emergency medical supplies for burn victims after a devastating tanker explosion.
- Recently there has been a new outbreak of violence in the eastern part of the country. AmeriCares is working with the partner on the ground to help address the needs of the people affected by the conflict.
Recent News from Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)