We are still cut off from the world

Democratic Republic of Congo

The second largest country of Africa, full of paradoxes. On one hand, it is rich in natural resources (including cobalt, copper, coltan, crude oil, diamonds, gold); on the other hand, its inhabitants are among the poorest in the world. For decades, the DRC has been suffering from prolonged conflicts that have led to one of the most severe humanitarian crises in the world.

Overview:
  • 77% of the population live in extreme poverty for less than $1.90 a day
  • 16% of the country’s population, i.e. over 13 million people, require immediate humanitarian assistance
  • 13,6 million people are deprived of access to safe water sources and proper sanitary and hygienic facilities
  • numerous outbreaks of deadly diseases, including measles, malaria, cholera and Ebola
  • about 10% of all malaria deaths in sub-Saharan Africa occurred here
Our hospital carries

21000

medical procedures per year
We treat about

7000

malaria patients every year
Our midwives delivered about

1032

babies in 2021

02.11.2022

“We are still cut off from the world. The fighting continues. The front is moving further away. The hospital is receiving patients. Despite the occupation and a completely unknown future, we are doing what we can do today,” says Sister Agnieszka. “Internal medicine is managing, but paediatrics is almost full. We have 23 children requiring hospitalisation. All with malaria.”

The centre in Ntamugenga has always been closer to a field hospital than the facility that comes to mind when we think of a hospital. Every patient here had to be fought for, operating in conditions without electricity and with limited access to supplies. Our access to the capital Goma has already been cut off by volcanic eruptions or heavy rains. The war that is currently taking place, however, is unlike anything that has happened here before.

“We are unable to assess the situation we are in,” says Sr Agnieszka. “There are no official announcements. The only source is the internet, which is drowned in factoids. It is difficult to separate truth from disinformation. We are doing our part by just listening to see if it is safe in the immediate area,” says Sr Agnieszka. The hospital is receiving more patients. We replenish food supplies as soon as we can. However, every day brings new challenges.”

Once the food had been sorted out, there was a sudden shortage of water. A difficult mission was required. A team from the hospital had to travel 6 km uphill, under the volcanoes, to repair the water source. Its absence in the hospital and the village could have quickly led to an outbreak that, in a rebel-occupied and cut-off area, would have been a disaster.

For now, the only horizon for us is the next day. We are doing what we can to help the sick and injured. Malaria drugs are not yet in short supply, but we will take the first possible opportunity to make a large stockpile. In this you can help us by supporting a fundraiser for this very purpose on the foundation’s homepage.

In the picture, our heroes of recent months. Safari and Hurma in one hopeful shot. Thanks to you, they didn’t run out of food even when bombs were going off all around

Urgent help needed

Warm Package for Ukraine

We are providing humanitarian aid on site because the lethal danger is not only the falling rockets, but also the cold. Sleeping bags, warm blankets, paraffin lamps, rocket stoves, heaters, thermal clothing and high-energy meals: these are all things we are taking to Ukraine.

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We already have :
50,238 EUR
We need:
44,444 EUR
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