The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has been an unsafe place to live for many years, and even today is subject to sporadic outbreaks of violence. Life expectancy is low, and trained health professionals are rare, particularly outside the capital city. Training general practitioner and nursing staff in one of the worst affected areas will bring about long-term benefits to this African nation. The project co-funds medical practitioner and nursing students in their second year onwards (once students have proven their commitment and reliability). Funding covers 90% of the cost of a year’s tuition, leaving students to also contribute to the cost of their education. This co-funding further ensures commitment and dedication.
WHAT WE LIKE ABOUT IT
DRC needs more locally trained healthcare workers, to rebuild the nation and serve its people. We love the fact that students are only chosen after their first year, and that they continue to contribute to the cost of their education. Finally, we are excited to see results, as some of our earlier trained nurses are now working in DRC, making a difference in the lives of traumatised women in particular.
US $220 provides training for a nurse and US $550 will train a doctor for a year. It takes four years to train a Nurse and seven years to train a Doctor. The modest budget for this project will provide training for 12 nurses and 16 doctors for one year.
This is a nation fraught with political instability, riots and senseless violence for years. Rape and sexual abuse has been a tool of war, and there are many traumatised women still trying to rebuild their lives. The training hospital specialises in treatment of traumatised women. DRC has 0.11 physician per 1,000 people (compared to Australia’s 0.25) and0.5 nurses per 1,000 people (compared to Australia’s 10). The need is huge.