As you know, the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo is very serious: since fighting began more than 20 years ago, more than 5 million people have died, millions more have been forced to flee their homes, and sexual violence is being used as a weapon to terrorize communities. This ongoing reality struck close to home when we recently responded and provided medical and psychosocial care to the survivors of the tragic August mass rape attacks in remote eastern Congo.
However, we are making progress in restoring health and hope to these communities. Since International Medical Corps opened, the Kalonge medical center last year, the medical staff has provided fistula repair to hundreds of women. Fistulas are a painful condition that results from complications during childbirth, and in rare instances, sexual violence. What’s more, in the past seven months alone, we provided more than 23,000 pre- and post-natal consultations to women and their babies. In addition, we provided care to more than 600 survivors of sexual violence.
Thank you so much for your past generosity. Thanks to supporters like you, we have been able to provide comprehensive medical care to thousands of women in the Democratic Republic of Congo. We look forward to your continued support in the future.