DR Congo – Rural Maternal Healthcare

More than half a million women die each year due to complications during pregnancy and childbirth. The majority of these deaths are preventable.

Doctors Worldwide have been working  in DR Congo since 2004 providing maternal health care and setting up urgently needed maternity and health clinics.

Although one of the most resource rich countries in the world, DR Congo has also the distinction of having some of the worst health and poverty indicators. It’s vast scale and distance, almost the size of Europe, makes health care provision a real challenge.

Women and children are particularly vulnerable and to address the needs of providing at least some basic maternal and child healthcare, DWW began a program of building rural maternity and health centres near village clusters to that we could offer some kind of ante-natal and post natal care. Our work is focused in the Katanga Province of S E Congo where we have five centres, with the furthest some 1,200 km from our Hewa Bora Hospital in Lumumbashi.

In the last 18 months, there have been over 3,500 births at our centres. We provide skilled maternity care ensuring that any complications are dealt with quickly and efficiently.