The project is to build a Mother and Child Hospital (100 beds capacity) in Kamituga-Mwenga.
The population of Kamituga-Mwenga is 424,000 inhabitants (estimation) apart from those living nearby.
The hospital is currently under construction in Kamituga, village LULIBA, South-Kivu/DR Congo
Hilaire MUKOBELWA, male 38 years old, born in Bukavu, DR Congo. Medical Doctor Pediatrician. Currently is working with Doctors without Borders-Holland (MEDECINS SANS FRONTIERRES) in Bentiu POC/ South Sudan as a Hospital Clinical Lead.
Darock MUKOBELWA, male 47 years old, born in Bukavu, DR Congo. Medical Doctor (General practitioner) with more experience in Gyneco-obstetrics and Surgery. Currently Hospital Director of MWENGA General Hospital/ South-Kivu/DR Congo.
Hilaire and his brother Darock were born and raised in the Democratic Republic of Congo. They have achieved something quite very rare for someone living in Congo, they have both become medical doctors. They chose to become physicians because of the high need of medical care in DR Congo especially in the side-country like Mwenga-Kamituga where they are building the Maternal and Child hospital. They started building the hospital in Jan 2020 and with the help of your generous donations, they estimate completion June 2022.
Looking at the high mortality rate of mothers and children in this part of DR Congo due to social inequalities, difficult access to primary health care, lack of health infrastructure, absence of a good health system, lack of qualified personnel, extreme poverty and recurrent wars in addition to poor governance, they have decided to build this hospital in order to improve the quality and accessibility of health services for children and mothers, especially safe delivery.
With social inequalities, difficult access to primary health care, lack of health infrastructure, absence of a good health system, lack of qualified personnel, extreme poverty and recurrent wars in addition to poor governance, Kamituga-Mwenga is one of the most affected parts of DR Congo. The direct consequence is very high mortality of mothers and children. The majority of women die during pregnancy and childbirth due to largely preventable causes like severe high blood pressure or pot partum hemorrhage. In addition, children under five years old die by preventable or curable diseases, that with proper, timely treatments would save their lives. With this hospital, the brothers will contribute to reduce this mortality by providing adequate care for this population. They will also empower local medical staff by strengthening their capacity through continuous training.
To put the health of women and children living in DR Congo into perspective, I have put below the statistics of children/ infant and maternal mortality (death) compared to the children/ infant and maternal mortality of Canada.
Statistic from Unicef: https://data.unicef.org/country/cod/
Under 5 mortality rate 85/ 1000 births = 8.5%
Neonatal mortality rate 66/1000 births = 6.6%
Maternal mortality rate 473/100000 births = 0.5%
Under 5 mortality rate 4.9/ 1000 births = 0.5%
Neonatal mortality rate 4/1000 births = 0.4%
Maternal mortality rate 10/100000 births = 0.01%
Please donate to help these brother's support the health of Women and Children living in their hometown community, Kamituga-Mwenga DR Congo. If you are unable to donate, we would appreciate if you could share the link with your family and friends and on social media!
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