BENEFITING: Bonobo Conservation Initiative
Healthcare is among the most urgent needs for the people who share the bonobo habitat. The Congo has struggled to overcome years of conflict, poverty, and extremely limited infrastructure. In most cases, remote rainforest communities are far from any modern medical facility; they have little to no access to any form of healthcare or even basic medicines. The Kokolopori Bonobo Reserve (KBR) contains 25 villages with a total population of approximately 8000. In the past, the residents would need to travel 110 miles to get to nearest health clinic. In 2005, BCI and local partner Vie Sauvage established a health clinic in the Kokolopori Bonobo Reserve. When operating at full capacity, this pilot “Bonobo Clinic” provides over 2500 KBR residents with life-saving services each year. The clinic is in immediate need of staff, equipment, and supplies so that it can continue to do this critical work.
The Bonobo Clinic has an established facility and three (?) committed midwives on staff. Providing a doctor’s salary, medical equipment, and supplies will enable the clinic to meet the healthcare needs of the local communities.
Here are some examples of what you donation can do:
$25—General upkeep of facilities, repairs to building housing the clinic
$50—Medical supplies, including gauze, bandages and splints
$100—Life saving medicines for ailments such as malaria
$500—Motor bike rentals to transport supplies
$1000-- Mosquito Netting for clinic beds
$5000—Salaries for two nurses
$10000—One Doctor’s salary
This project will supply thousands of people with urgently needed medical care. Healthcare was named as the top priority for communities in the Bonobo Peace Forest (BPF). With adequate supplies and support, we hope to extend the program to other BPF communities. The benefits extend far beyond the individuals who receive treatment at the clinic. In addition to answering an essential human need, a successful clinic will encourage other communities to participate in the BPF, ultimately providing greater (protection) for the Congo rainforest and all its inhabitants, human and non-human alike