Democratic Republic of Congo

Provinces of South-Kivu, Katana, Nyantende, Walungu, Bukavu and Uvira
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Context

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a country with immense resources, has the potential to become one of the richest countries of the African continent. There are now new institutions in operation, such as the Parliament, the Senate and the Provincial Executive. However, despite this progress on the political and economic level, the country remains one of the most famished in the world, with 76% of the population malnourished.Instability in certain regions also makes the healthcare system less effective, particularly in the east, where conflict is ongoing. DRC is a fragile post-conflict country in great need of reconstruction. The country’s infrastructure, which already lacked maintenance, has been damaged by conflict.Income per person and human development indicators remain among the lowest in Africa. Although the political and security situation is still fragile, mid-term economic perspectives appear positive. Expected growth should reach 7 to 8%.

Indicators DRC Belgium
Population (thousands) 77 433 744 11 203 992
Surface area (km2) 2 344 858 30 528
Density (people/km2) 33,02 367
Infant mortality (per 1,000 live births) 73,15 4,18
Life expectancy (in years) 49,5 81
Human Development Index (HDI) out of 100 33,8 88,1
Number of doctors (per 1,000 people) 0,1 4,2
Literacy rate (%) 31,8 99
GDP per capita (PPP – $) 655 40 760

A special project : the street children of Kinshasa

In 2015, His Eminence the Cardinal Monsengwo came asking our organization to supervise a new project, aiming to sustainably take the children off the streets of Kinshasa and help them find a place back into socio-economic world and society.Today, the project is running well. Our three local partner organizations work on a holistic approach : they provide children with food, medical care, and also psycho-social support. The ultimate goal is to find those children’s families and reunite them, or find foster families if it proves impossible. The children also go back to school, or to a professional training, depending on their age.

The three partners have developed a strong relation and are now working in a fantastic synergy, complementing each other’s specialty and skills. 1042 children have already benefited from their support, and the children’s families too : they receive technical and financial support to create their own professional activity, in order to sustain their own needs.

Partners in the South
  • ORPER : Œuvre de Protection et de Reclassement des Enfants de la Rue
  • Ndako Ya Biso
  • DonBosco Maison Papy

Food and Economic Security

securite_red_rondThe 2001 law on freedom of association encouraged the creation of numerous local organizations, investing in sectors such as agriculture, health, food security, fighting violence against women, and human rights. In terms of food, crops grown in DRC are mostly for feeding families, but do not effectively meet their needs. In this country, Louvain Coopération particularly focuses on improving solidarity funds (MUSO), which bring together micro-finance and micro-insurance. Once the project is implemented, there will be over 5,600 solidarity funds for the benefit of 113,500 households, which accounts for more than 680,000 people, 68% of them women. This system will allow households to develop their own small business and give them easier access to food and medical care.

Key figures
  • 3,521 MUSOs were created, benefitting more than 422,520 people, 67% of them women
  • Greater access to micro-credit: The green fund raised by the MUSOs has accumulated more than €1,400,000 of savings
  • There are now 14,868 members of the farming and non-farming entrepreneur support group (also MUSO members)
Partners in the South

Health

soin_red_rondHealthcare projects are focused on the South-Kivu province in the east of the country. The specific project locations are the healthcare zones of Katana and Walungu, as well as the city of Bukavu.

Resurgent activist movements in 2012, in the east of the country, along with the capture of the city of Goma, led to greater insecurity in the north and in South-Kivu. As a consequence, the number of people visiting healthcare facilities dropped. The whole healthcare system was weakened by declining community participation, lack of funding, the poor system of management and of medicine supply, and limited human resources.

The program set up in the South-Kivu province aims to improve local medical care via 4 innovative projects: mental health support, support for diabetes and high blood pressure patients, continuing medical training and the creation of a medical facility in the urban area.

Key figures
  • 90% of the 61 pilot healthcare centers offer the whole Minimum Activity Package determined by the government
  • 5 of 61 hospitals use the National Health Information System (SNIS)
  • 34 doctors benefited from post-graduate medico-surgical training, allowing them to practise good quality medical care
  • 5 clubs of 50 diabetic patients have been created and are now running
  • 54% of medical staff has introduced mental health treatment to their health centers or hospital
Partners in the South