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Handicap International works to prevent disability in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In Kinshasa, the organisation is making particular efforts to assist mothers and children. In the east of the country, the organisation is providing support to the most vulnerable people in the zones affected by the chronic humanitarian crisis.

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Handicap International works to prevent disability in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In Kinshasa, the organisation is making particular efforts to assist mothers and children. In the east of the country, the organisation is providing support to the most vulnerable people in the zones affected by the chronic humanitarian crisis.
Handicap International works to prevent disability in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In Kinshasa, the organisation is making particular efforts to assist mothers and children. In the east of the country, the organisation is providing support to the most vulnerable people in the zones affected by the chronic humanitarian crisis.

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Handicap International has been working in the Democratic Republic of Congo since 1994. The organisation runs several types of project, ranging from prevention of the causes of disability to the social inclusion of people with disabilities.

In Kinshasa, the capital, Handicap International is highly active in the field of disability prevention, and mother and child health represents a particularly serious challenge. The organisation also campaigns to promote road safety, as road accidents are another major cause of disability in the country. It is also working to improve rehabilitation services, by training orthoprosthesists and producing mobility aids (crutches, wheelchairs, etc.).

Handicap International promotes the full inclusion of people with disabilities in society and is campaigning for children with disabilities to have access to education, especially girls. The organisation also supports Congolese organisations that defend the rights of people with disabilities.

In North Kivu, Handicap International provides support for the most vulnerable people living in the zones affected by the chronic humanitarian crisis in the region. The organisation coordinates a logistics platform designed to help humanitarian aid to reach the remotest areas, in collaboration with national and international organisations, and the United Nations. In particular, it provides these stakeholders with a fleet of trucks and an equipment storage facility. The organisation also raises awareness among humanitarian organisations of the need to take the most vulnerable people into consideration, to ensure they are included in the services these organisations provide.

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Background

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, access to quality health care is problematic for most of the country’s inhabitants.

This country, which is the second-largest nation in Africa, lies next-to-bottom in the human development index (HDI) rankings. The seriously dilapidated state of the country’s roads and sanitary facilities, and the extreme poverty afflicting the majority of its inhabitants, have significant consequences in terms of health. The problems affect the whole of this vast country.

In addition, for more than fifteen years now, the Democratic Republic of Congo has been destabilised by an alarming humanitarian crisis marked by violent armed conflicts, mainly in the provinces of North and South Kivu (in the east of the country), epidemics (cholera, measles and viral haemorrhagic fever), increased exposure to natural disasters (flooding, landslides, volcanic eruptions and brush fires) and a widespread context of poverty and insecurity. The situation has seen widespread population movements both within the country and across its borders as refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo seek safety in neighbouring countries.

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Key Figures Democratic Republic of Congo - Handicap International
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Partners

  • Inclusive education for children with disabilities, particularly girls, in Kinshasa

    The Ministry for Primary, Secondary and Professional Education (MEPSP):*

    •  Project steering committee
    • Teacher training supervisory committee
    • 10 partner schools

    Mother and child health

    • The Provincial Ministry of Health via the Provincial Health Division3
    • The Provincial Reproductive Health Committee
    • Bumbu, Selembao, Ndjili and Nsele health districts (zones de santé)
    • General referral hospitals in Kinkole and Ndjili, the Bumbu mother and child centre, and the Kitokimosi referral health centre

    Support to organisations

    • Main partners: 3 disabled people’s organisations (ACOLDEMHA, PAROUSIA and VHDH) receiving institutional assistance to build their organisational and operational capacities; they are also members of the project steering committee
    • Secondary partners: nine disabled people’s organisations involved in awareness-raising actions
    • 12 activists involved in advocacy actions to advance the rights of PWDs
    • The Ministry for Social Affairs will play a key role in the ratification of the CRPWD by the DRC government

    Physical rehabilitation

    • the Programme National de Réadaptation à Base Communautaire PNRBC
    • the Cliniques Universitaire de Kinshasa (CUK)
    • the Institut supérieur des techniques médicales ISTM
    • Bumbu, Selembao, Ndjili and Nsele health districts
    • Ndjili and Nsele general referral hospital

    Road safety project

    • Main partners: Ministry of Transport and Highways to strengthen its skills and help it implement national road safety action plans to compensate for a lack of funding by the government and external partners.
    • CNPR6, the executive body of the Ministry of Transport, will be mainly involved in awareness-raising actions in certain communes in Kinshasa and schools targeted by this project.
    • Road Traffic Police (PCR) will be the partner and beneficiary of this project. HI will supervise and train police officers in 24 communes in Kinshasa to enhance road safety deterrence and enforcement measures.
    • University of Kinshasa (UNIKIN): allocation of research grants. An agreement will be signed with the sociology department to obtain information on road user risk behaviour.

    TEAM CONGO

    The UKC (Union des kinésithérapeutes du Congo), the Horizon Kinésithérapie association (HOKI), the Association congolaise des techniciens orthopédiques (ATOC), the Campagne Nous Pouvons association (CNP), the Comité international pour le développement des peuples (CISP) and the Centre Bamamu Tabulukay (CBMT).

    Logistics platform

    50 humanitarian organisations beneficiaries of HI services

    Inclusion technical unit

    International NGOs (notably the RRMP7 program’s stakeholders) and local NGOs (notably Congo Handicap)