Democratic Republic of Congo
The largest country in sub-Saharan Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has experienced devastating political upheaval and violent unrest. Despite having significant human and mineral resources, the country suffers from endemic poverty and resurgent violent conflict in the eastern provinces. The genocide has left many dead, directly from the violence as well as indirectly from disease and starvation. Other segments of the population have been forcibly displaced. DRC remains in a cycle of poverty suffering from
some of the worst levels of maternal mortality and life expectancy as well as a severely low human development index. Armed groups continue to be present, with corresponding military defensive operations, as well as intercommunal violence and an influx of refugees from neighboring countries. All of these factors lead to a particularly delicate security situation and make humanitarian response and health programming particularly challenging.
WAHA International focuses efforts in southern Katanga province in Lubumbashi and in Moba, on improving maternal health outcomes, mainly by performing obstetric fistula repairs and supporting preventive measures. We are working in two hospitals in the region, the Kirungy Hospital and the Benekir Hospital. In our facilities, we ensure a patient’s full recovery with:
- Complex and standard fistula repair treatment
- Holistic care by treating other injuries
- Psychological support
- Physical therapy
- Nutritional support
SEE CURRENT MISSIONS
Lubumbashi and Moba
OBSTETRIC FISTULA AND PELVIC FLOOR DISORDER TREATMENTS
Our objective is to reduce the backlog of fistula patients who are desperately awaiting treatment. Therefore, WAHA works with local organizations and health centers, to identify fistula patients and ensure their referral for treatment. Our expert surgeons provide local staff with on-the-job training for fistula treatment and care and continuously work to increase the capacity of local health centers to manage complex and recurrent cases.
Community outreach activities are used to raise awareness and to promote the availability of fistula treatment. These successful initiatives have impacted women far beyond the scope of our target area, reaching increasing number of women for treatment and reducing the social stigma around fistula.