June 28th, 2012 by husne

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.

June 28th, 2012 by husne

In 2006, Doctors Worldwide helped build a small hospital with a Maternity and Peadiatric Unit to provide health care for women and children in the area of Hewa Bora in Lubumbashi which is on the outskirts of the city. The city of Lubumbashi is the second largest in DR Congo, with a population of around 1.5 Million. The area of Hewa Bora is home to some of the poorest families in the city, most live in one or two bedroom shacks and have no electricity of water supplies. Lubumbashi is located in the Katanga Province of DR Congo which covers some 500,000 sq km.

With a need to cope with rapidly increasing demand and provide a greater range of medical and health services, DWW embarked on an ambitious plan in 2011, to build the most modern facility in the entire province. The new hospital was built on the existing site and covered 2,600 sq m of space. It has a 40 bed in patient facility and state of the art of surgical and diagnostic units. The new hospital will act as a referral centre and operational hub servicing our rural clinics.

The hospital completed in April 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 27th, 2012 by angela

Between 2004-2010, Doctors Worldwide completed 220,000 circumcisions in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Male Circumcision is valued as a key element of a comprehensive HIV prevention package.  The World Health Organisation (WHO) carried out a number of trials that highlighted Male Circumcision as an effective technique to help reduce the number of men infected by HIV (upto a 60% reduction).

As with any medical procedure, there are potential risks involved.  This minor operation, in the wrong hands, can cause significant morbidity and even mortality.  In striving for quality and effectiveness our surgeon-led service carried out its work to internationally accepted operating techniques with good infection control.

In 2011, Doctors Worldwide extended the  HIV Prevention and safe male circumcision programme into Kenya.