Save a Mom's Life in the Congo

Aug 12, 2011

Caring for the Most Vulnerable in Congo

Photo: Alyssa Banta/International Medical Corps
Photo: Alyssa Banta/International Medical Corps

More than 20 years of fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo has led to millions of deaths, pervasive sexual violence, and a collapse of the health care system.  In 2006, the World Health Organization ranked Congo 188th out of 190 countries for medical care and OxFam estimates that in some areas 75% of the population doesn’t have access to basic health care.

Ongoing fighting has exacerbated the problem, leading to widespread displacement in eastern Congo.  For many women in Congo each day is a struggle to survive, with a critically high maternal mortality rate and widespread sexual and gender-based violence. 

In the midst of the challenges, International Medical Corps is working to ensure that the women throughout these unstable regions receive care.

International Medical Corps supports health facilities in some of the most remote areas, serving communities that would otherwise lack medical care.  The 41 medical facilities we support reach a total of 242,087 people. 

Between April and June:

  • 7,032 prenatal visits
  • 1,694 deliveries
  • 1,634 postpartum visits

In addition, our teams distributed 1,274 long-lasting insecticide treated bed nets to prevent malaria to pregnant women during their prenatal care visits. 

Your support has helped us provide lifesaving services to mothers in Congo, not only meeting their immediate medical needs but offering them and their children the chance for a health future.

Thank you. 


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Chessa Latifi

Resource Development Officer
Santa Monica, CA United States

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