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The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) lacks basic healthcare infrastructure, and people have suffered numerous preventable outbreaks of cholera, malaria and measles in recent years as a result. Conflicts in the eastern provinces have also been ongoing, leading to the displacement of thousands of people.  

Decades of conflict, lack of investment in the healthcare system and ongoing violence cause extreme hardship. Humanitarian aid is concentrated around big cities and places that are considered secure, but there is a need for a rapid, flexible humanitarian response to acute needs throughout the east of the country.Our teams have been present in DRC since 1997, and are working to increase the availability of healthcare and respond to health emergencies.

We support IDP (internally displaced persons) camps in North and South Kivu, as well as hospitals in Katanga, Orientale, and Kinshasa. MSF's projects in the regions cover a wide range of issues from primary healthcare and malnutrition, to HIV, malaria, and tuberculosis. At the end of 2013 MSF had 3,604 staff in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

 

Sandra Smiley

Nationality: Canadian
Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo
Job: Communications Officer

J.J. Téllez

Nationality: Mexican
Country: Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Job: Administrator

Anne Lise Lebrun

Nationality: French
Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo
Job: Field Administrator