Help a Child in the Congo

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Greatest health threats

Fewer than a quarter of people have proper sanitation facilities and fewer than half access to clean water.

Major infectious diseases: degree of risk: very high
food or waterborne diseases: bacterial and protozoal diarrhea, hepatitis A, and typhoid fever
vectorborne diseases: malaria, dengue fever, and trypanosomiasis-gambiense (African sleeping sickness)
water contact disease: schistosomiasis
animal contact disease: rabies (2016)

This means water-borne diseases such as diarrhoea, bilharzia/schistosomiasis (see Health, Diseases) and cholera are common. Outbreaks of cholera occur every year and around 3% of those who contract the disease die because of lack of treatment. However, the greatest threat to health is malaria. In 2009, there were over 6.7 million cases of malaria. Two out of every five deaths among young children are caused by malaria (WHO).

Children fending for themselves

Deficiency deaths

Around half of infant deaths in the DR Congo are linked to malnutrition. Deaths are often caused by a lack of vitamin A, zinc or iron in a child’s diet.

Around 55% of people live below the poverty line, living on less than a dollar each day. Areas with the greatest number of poor are particularly in the east of the country, where conflict continues. Fighting and the lack of roads make it difficult for aid and help to be provided to certain regions.

Malnutrition is widespread. Without a proper diet, nearly two-thirds of children lack Vitamin A (which allows the immune system to develop) and half suffer from a deficiency of other essential nutrients such as iron, Vitamin E and zinc.

With families struggling to survive and the high number of orphans created by war and disease (an estimated 4 million), there are many street children in the DR Congo. The capital, Kinshasa, contains around 20-25,000 children who sleep rough and survive by begging.

Deficiency deaths

Around half of infant deaths in the DR Congo are linked to malnutrition. Deaths are often caused by a lack of vitamin A, zinc or iron in a child’s diet.

Not enough doctors

There is only 1 doctor and 5 nurses/midwives for every 10,000 people in the DR Congo, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), 2000-2010.

Most hospitals and health centres across the DR Congo are poorly staffed and equipped. This is because the healthcare system collapsed during the years of conflict.

Health professionals have not received a wage from the government for many years. This means they have either gone private, emigrated or become an employee of one of the foreign non-governmental organizations (NGOs) providing healthcare support.

The WHO and medical NGOs are doing their best to deal with a number of public health challenges. For example, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has been running immunization programmes against measles and polio.

In 2011, there were 89 polio infections and 129,000 reported cases of measles, leading to over 1,500 deaths (UNICEF).

The WHO and medical NGOs are doing their best to deal with a number of public health challenges. For example, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has been running immunization programs against measles and polio.
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Cleopatra Kaufer
$19266 - Feed 10 children
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This project will only be funded if at least $50,000 is raised by 05/12/2019
Project sponsor
Humanity Projects

United States, Pittsburgh

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    Reward - Feed 100 children
    2016-09-06

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    Reward - Feed 100 children
    2016-09-06