Mobile Clinic in Kinshasa

by Ottmar Schrupp,  2006/11/28

A humedica medical team is bringing help in the slums. Since September there has been a medical team for a disaster relief mission in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. On assignment are Dr. Niklas Hübsch (Eckental), pediatric nurse Sabine Brehm (Germaringen) and humedica coordinator Josette Al Chaar (Libanon), in order to bring medical help to those in need living in the slums around Kinshasa, where an indescribable destitution prevails.

For the almost 10 million inhabitants, there are only one large state-run hospital, one university clinic and two catholic hospitals available. There are many small private clinics, but their care is either too expensive for the poorer residents or insufficient for the demand. This lack of basic medical care is what humedica is trying to provide with its medical teams.

Local Cooperation with WOCHOP

On-site, humedica is working together with partner organization WOCHOP (Women and Children of Hope). This Congolese NGO is engaged in teaching adults to read, working with street kids, helping with vocational training and in supplying basic medical care, but tries to focus mainly on children and ostracized women (teen and single mothers, divorcees, widows and elderly women). In the scope of their operations, WOCHOP runs a small clinic in the Ngaba district in Kinshasa, which is in a considerably better condition than that of those run by the state. The humedica medical team has already treated 580 patients there and assisted in two births.

Operation Planned Through End of 2006

Starting next week, the humedica medical team will be operating a mobile clinic - with on-site consultations and treatments - in the slums in the Ngaba district, where they will be able to handle around to 220 patients a day. Around 150,000 people live in total destitution in Ngaba, and hardly any of them can afford to pay for even a small amount of the costs from a doctor’s visit. Supported through the Humanitarian Aid Division in the Foreign Office in Berlin, the relief operation is planned through the end of 2006.

Help with a donation to continue providing these people with basic medical care.

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