Health Care

Donate Now! In addition to providing humanitarian aid, CRM’s goal is to improve health care.

DRCs health indicators are among the worst in the world.  According to the UN, 95% of the people earn less than $2 a day and about 70% of Congolese lack access to adequate food. Children are the most vulnerable. Nine percent of children under age five are acutely malnourished, and 43 percent suffer from chronic malnutrition. With an average annual income of $400, life for most people is a daily struggle to survive.

According to the U.S. Agency for International Development, an estimated 70% of the population has little or no access to health care, including HIV/AIDS services.  Malaria, typhoid fever, hepatitis A, and diarrhea are rampant. More than 12% of the children die in the first year of life; double that in the first 5 years. Only 30% of the children are immunized against measles and DPT.  The DRC’s poor healthcare infrastructure, inadequate water and sanitation facilities, and climate contributed to the recent outbreaks of cholera, measles, Ebola, and yellow fever. Life expectancy for women is 53 and 50 years for men. These high rates of untreated medical conditions are an obvious factor in the low level of life expectancy and economic deterioration.

Congo mother and children getting treatmentCRM helped finance the construction of Our Lady of Hope Hospital and Our Lady of Hope Clinic. The 235 bed hospital is situated less than ten miles outside of Mbujimayi. In addition to general hospital patient rooms, it has maternity delivery rooms, nursery rooms, an ICU, emergency room, three surgical theatres as well as administration and consultation rooms, a lab, pharmacy, and storage space. It stands to be a model hospital in the region.

Our Lady of Hope Clinic located in the city center of Mbujimayi provides out-patient services with a particular emphasis on women and children. There is an ambulance that transports patients from the clinic in Mbujimayi to the hospital. It also brings medical providers to the homebound in the outlying areas.

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Families can no longer afford medical care, so they go without. When the hospital first opened in August 2008, over 100 people a day were treated. However, the overwhelming need and capacity constraints left 200 to 250 patients per day without health care. The economic reality resulted in the patient load falling from 100 people per day to about 5. While all suffer, it’s the women and children who suffer most.

Improved health will have multiple individual and community benefits.