What is the barrier? After years of conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo, many health facilities need to be either rebuilt or need significant renovations.
What is the goal? CARE hopes to build two maternal health clinics to serve women in the provinces of Kasongo and Masisi.
Where? We are focusing on the Democratic Republic of Congo—one of the highest burden countries for maternal health in the world.
How can you help? Each new facility will cost $93,000 but that includes the structure, the equipment and supplies and the training to ensure there is a staff to run the clinic and ensure safe deliveries.Make a donation or organize a small fundraiser to help us meet our goal more quickly. Click here to submit your donation.
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has one of the highest rates of maternal mortality in the world. According to UNICEF, there are 990 pregnancy related deaths per 100,000 live births in DRC compared with 13 per 100,000 in the United States. The lifetime risk of dying in childbirth for a Congolese woman is 1 in 26. And for every death, 20 to 30 women have serious complications, such as obstetric fistula, which are largely avoidable.
After years of conflict, many health facilities need to be either rebuilt or need significant renovations. Many facilities lack the most basic equipment, medicines and supplies needed to conduct a normal delivery or to treat basic obstetric and newborn emergencies. These facilities frequently have no delivery beds and women are forced to deliver their babies on mats laid on dirt floors.
By building a new facility in each of these locations, we can provide services for approximately 25,000 people who currently have no access to care.
- $1,500 can buy a delivery table
- $100 can buy a stretcher
- $40 can buy a mattress
- $25 can buy a bed frame
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