After an eventful arrival at a remote hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Dr Ida Moberg faces more unexpected challenges. Living in a community under the threat of gunfire, Ida takes on a strained children's ward and an 11-year-old patient with suspected cholera.
Health Promotion Manager
Now she feels at home in Kibomba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Health Promoter Izzy Scott Moncrief has been busy battling through thunderstorms and over muddy trails to screen patients for sleeping sickness (HAT).
A bomb scare delays her flight, she's struggling with Swahili, and the rainy season has swept away the bridges that Medecins Sans Frontieres / Doctors Without Borders (MSF) use to reach the remote hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Dr Ida Moberg may be only at the start of her first assignment, but she's already adopted a new motto...
Health Promotion Manager
My dad’s response to me telling him that I’d received my mission posting out here was: “Oh such great news! What’s DRC?” After a bit of “you’re not going”, and “why can’t you just do something normal?”, and some minor visa-related hurdles, I’ve ended up here – the bustling metropolis of Kibombo, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
"I'm writing from Brussels Airport. A little tired after long flight, anxious to get home. And, I have to admit, a little nervous about how to react when I get home, how the acclimatisation process will be. Everyone I talked to says the same thing: the hardest thing about being on an assignment with MSF is going home..."
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.