BENEFITING: JATUKIK PROVIDENCE FOUNDATION
In 2011, the DRC was ranked last in the UNDP’s Human Development Index, which measures general standard of living, access to knowledge, and life expectancy. A fractured economy and poor infrastructure has left the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo in an environment with severely limited access to health care. Hospitals and clinics struggle to staff their clinics with doctors, nurses, surgical supplies and medicine.
The lack of access to health care has created a situation where curable and communicable diseases prove fatal far too often. A few statistics to consider:
- The mortality rate in the DRC is 57% higher than the rest of sub-Saharan Africa and among the highest in the world
- The average life expectancy is a mere 46 years, one of the very lowest in the world
- Nearly 11% of Congolese children will die before reaching the age of 5
Responding to the country’s urgent health care needs, JPF built the Kibeti Health Center, which provides the only basic health services available to the poor villagers and subsistence farmers in the Kwilu District of the Bandundu Province. People trek great distances by foot and on bicycle to avail themselves of care provided by four medically trained nurses. The community benefits both through direct treatments of diseases as well as through education programs about preventive care.
With a an estimated population of 100,000 to serve, the Health Center struggles with inadequate infrastructure and a lack of equipment, supplies, and staff training. The Jatukik Providence Foundation plans to improve and enlarge the capacity of the Health Center to serve its constituency of adult patients, expectant and nursing mothers, and children. However, the financial means to realize these plans do not exist.
Through this fundraiser, JPF hopes to implement the following:
(1) An upgrade of the Kibeti Health Center’s buildings and equipment to permit improved delivery of health care services to the poor of Kwilu District
(2) Expansion of the Kibeti Health Center’s capacity to meet growing demand from patients, expectant and nursing mothers, and children
Thank you for your support!