Democratic Republic of the Congo

  • In 2007, the International Rescue Committee estimated 5.4 million people died in the DRC from the war and that another 1,250 continue to die each day from war-related causes.
  • More than 80% of Congolese people live on less than $1.25 a day
  • Nearly 70 percent of the population has little to no access to an adequate food supply
  • Due to lack of health care, the average Congolese person lives to only 60 years of age

In the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), leprosy is pervasive. There is a severe shortage of healthcare workers and clinics, so patients are without care and the disease continues to spread rapidly.

Leprosy is difficult to detect without proper training. Too often patients come to us after the disease has been active for several years, leaving children, women and men with severe and permanent disabilities.

Parents with leprosy-related disabilities struggle to find work. With a heavy reliance on farming for survival, disability as a result of leprosy, prevents them from work. Because of this, families affected by leprosy suffer from extreme poverty. Children are kept home to work, leaving very few choices for their future.

The stigma of leprosy is still rampant in these communities where leprosy is seen as a curse. Those living with obvious disability are excluded and their families pushed to the outer edges of the community. We need you help to train healthcare workers to engage with the communities, helping families and neighbours understand that leprosy can be cured. 

Here's how you can help the people of DRC:

Stop the stigma of leprosy $50

  • Train a community member to recognize leprosy
  • Equip a healthcare team to teach the community that leprosy can be treated, reducing stigma and life-long disability
  • Teach community how to prevent disease through sanitation and hygiene classes

Crutches $44

Walking soon after surgery helps retrain leg muscles and rebuild confidence. When you give a set of crutches, you give a sense of freedom after surgery.

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Cure Someone of Leprosy
$33 a month

Early diagnosis and cure is the best method we currently have for leprosy affected patients. In order to reduce disability and stigma caused by this fully-curable disease, health workers, community members and government workers are trained for early detection, proper treatment, and stigma reduction. Leprosy awareness education sessions and workshops are also held for the public. For those who already attained disabilities due to leprosy, our programs provide protective footwear and assistive devices such as crutches, wheelchairs and prosthetic limbs.

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