South Kivu Project
The Democratic Republic of Congo has faced one of the worst war situations of the 21st century. This war has gone way too far pushing down values, safety, integrity, respect and health. After surviving 9 epidemic outbreaks in less than 40 years, the Democratic Republic of Congo is now facing its tenth ebola outbreak; not to mention the measles outbreak happening at the same time.
Violence is a weapon which effects are long-lasting in the human mind, it’s like a virus. When we heard about how terrible the situation was in DRC, we decided to make a deeper research and we discovered that they are now living the largest ebola outbreak in the continent and the second largest in the world.
Our main goal is to improve public health and everybody’s well-being.
The Democratic Republic of Congo, commonly known as Eastern Congo, is one of Africa’s forty two countries.
Located in the equatorial region of Africa, it comprises a large part of the Congo river basin, extending to the region of the great lakes. It is the second largest country on the continent, after Algeria. It has access to the sea through a narrow strip of 37 km of coastline, following the Congo river to the Gulf of New Guinea.
The territory was claimed by the African International Association (property of Belgium’s king Leopold II) as Congo Free State. The king applied a particularly cruel and brutal colonization, leaving between 5 and 10 millions of murdered men, women and children.
During the government of Sese Seko the country was submitted to an authoritarian regime, violent and “cleptocratic”, that ruined Congo’s economy. The fall of the latter caused the start of a serious civil war that would degenerate into a continental conflagration, in which armed forces from more than seven countries intervened, leaving the tragic balance of +4 million dead. The result was the intervention of the UN with its peacekeepers.
1976 in the town of Yambuku (Republic of Zaire then, Democratic Republic of Congo now) was the first contact of health specialists with a disease that in the last outbreak has claimed almost 5,000 lives in West Africa.
Today, Ebola victims are tens of thousands (… and counting), the measles outbreak caused +6,000 deaths in 2019 alone; There are many diseases concerning these people and it is certainly doleful that the treatment is difficult due to political conflicts and the country’s scarcity.
South Kivu is one the twenty six provinces of DRC. South Kivu was founded in 1989 when the former province of Kivu was divided in three parts (South Kivu, North Kivu and Manemia).
In June 2014, around 35 persons died in an attacked to Mutarule. In the south of Kivu.
In the year 2015 a severe earthquake, magnitude 5.8, shook 35km northeast of Kabare at a depth of 7.5 miles.
The regions of South and North Kivu have been the center of Kivu’s conflict. All these events hurting both the province and the country.
The worsening in the health sector during a conflict / war zone is imminent and is precisely the reason for our project.
Initial Project: Walungu, South Kivu:
Our goal is to build health posts and emergency services, equipped with ambulances, and thus supply the health needs of Walungu territory, where the armed forces continue to commit crimes against human rights.
By supplying the area with a health center, it’ll make these outbreaks less likely to spread to other areas within the province or the country. We will provide the health posts with adequate medical equipment to deal with emergencies, vaccine campaigns, pediatrics, first aid and hospitalization.
Project: Constructing two health posts and donating two ambulances.
Place: Walungu, South Kivu
Country: Democratic Republic of Congo.
Cost per health post: €95.000.
Cost per ambulance: €40.000.
Total cost (2 health centers, 2 ambulances): €270.000.
I. To guarantee preventive medical assistance.
- Promote and organizing vaccine campaigns.
- Distribute basic medicines.
- Using social services to get the community involved in health campaigns.
- Supervising water sources, trash control and sanitation.
- Develop preventive medicine models, vaccine campaign, health education and nutrition.
II. Providing an ambulance for each health post.
III. Developing the health sector.
- Coordinate objective evaluations of sanitarian priorities.
- Supply medical equipment, medicine and specialists in the refugee camps.
- Build medical facilities across the district, including rural areas.
- Evaluate and intervene effectively vectors of communicable diseases and epidemics.
- Prioritize pediatric and obstetric care.