Over the past few months, International Medical Corps has made impressive strides towards improving maternal health care in Congo. Between September 2009 and February 2010, our skilled health workers conducted nearly 16,000 pre-natal consultations and more than 4,000 post-natal consultations in International Medical Corps -supported clinics in eastern DRC.
We’ve also recently opened a reproductive health clinic 25 miles north of Bukavu that will provide reproductive and maternal health care for more than 20,000 women in the region. This is the only rural facility in the region to provide fistula repair (fistula is a debilitating and painful condition, often caused by obstetric emergencies, as well as sexual violence, that leaves a woman incontinent and causes severe reproductive damage). Previously, women seeking medical care for fistula had to make an arduous trip, mostly on foot and through rebel-held territory, to Panzi Hospital in Bukavu.
International Medical Corps believes that providing quality medical services for women around the world not only saves lives but leads to healthier, more self-reliant communities. We are proud to consider you a partner in the fight to improve women’s health care.