DR Congo: Insufficient health facilities contribute to the death of women and children

Gabriella Sakina
Posted February 26, 2020 from Democratic Republic of the Congo

Several women and children die in South Kivu in eastern DR Congo due to insufficient health facilities in this part of the country. This insufficiency is more evident in the territories of the province where the patients, mainly pregnant women, travel long distances to reach qualified health facilities. This situation favors the use of traditional medicine and self-medication. In Mwenga territory, for example, medical sources inform that some women are leaving villages far from Mwenga center where there is a hospital center for their care. Many of them give birth midway before reaching this hospital and others die even from health complications. The same is true in Shabunda territory where some patients are evacuated by air to modern health facilities with what this implies for the household economy. In almost all the territories of the province of South Kivu, there is a scarcity of health facilities qualified in the care of the sick. The coordination of civil society, understands that from Walungu territory passing through Kabare to Kalehe have the same problem of caring for the sick. The organization DFF (Dynamics of Women and Girls in Action) notes that in rural entities where these structures pose problems, health professionals are also becoming scarce. This opens a breach for charlatans who take advantage of the ignorance of the locals to replace doctors. Unfortunately, this situation favors the use of traditional medicine and self-medication. To find a solution to this problem, the Minister of Health plans to build health centers near residents in several localities in the province, in order to facilitate access to quality health care. The organization DFF (Dynamics of Women and Girls in Action) recalls that health is a right and an obligation, from which the authorities must redouble their efforts to align themselves with the objectives of sustainable development, SDG which envisages an allocation of '' one doctor per household. Despite this, the inhabitants, in particular women and children, remain the first victims of the inadequacy of health facilities in the province of South Kivu in eastern DR Congo.

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jessg411
Feb 27
Feb 27

Thanks for speaking up and sharing this information about insufficient healthcare for women and children in the DR Congo. Happy to hear that the MoH is planning on building health centers for more adequate care.

maeann
Feb 27
Feb 27

Welcome to World Pulse Gabriella. Your story is your power.

Thank you for sharing this. I hope that your community will make a way to provide health support to those who needs it.

Hello, Gabriella,

Welcome to World Pulse! What a joy to know that another voice from DRC is siring up.

Thank you for speaking up about the health situation in the eastern part of your country. I can only hope that the plans for better health facilities will be implementation well and sooner.

Please continue to share your stories! We are happy you are here.

Welcome again to our growing sisterhood!

Anita Shrestha
Mar 02
Mar 02

Thank you for sharing

Metiege Noel Eve
Mar 03
Mar 03

Thank you for sharing

lizzymark
Mar 04
Mar 04

Hi Gabriella, welcome to world pulse and thanks for raising your voice on health,and I hope the leaders and people in places to help will give the needed help. Please don't relent keep speaking and shearing your story with us let's know how it goes.

JANEKALU
Mar 05
Mar 05

Thanks for sharing
Jane Kalu

Paulina Nayra
Mar 10
Mar 10

Dear Gabriella,
The lack of health facilities and lack of access to health care service providers is a common sad tale in third world countries. Women's groups should really call the attention of the government so they can allocate the necessary funds and build health infrastructure especially in poor communities. Unless, women speak, there will be more mothers who'll die of child birth and children who'll die early.
Please share your initiatives in working with government on this. Happy writing!
Paulina

vallen57
Mar 12
Mar 12

In these times of the coronavirus, it is very important to leverage the best you can on those resources becoming available to you - glad to hear that your resources are starting to improve.