Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

  • 64% of Congolese people live below the poverty line
  • Approximately 13.1 million people are anticipated to suffer food insecurity in June 2019
  • Due to a lack of health care, the average Congolese person lives to only 60 years of age
  • 70% of people are estimated to have little or no access to health care
  • 1 million people did not receive treatment for their neglected tropical disease in 2017
  • Only 14% of people who need treatment for lymphatic filariasis receive treatment
  • 3,649 new leprosy cases were found in the DRC in 2017

In the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), leprosy and complications of lymphatic filariasis are pervasive. There is a severe shortage of healthcare workers and clinics due to security reasons. Access to healthcare is a challenge. Patients are without adequate care leading to 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 your help to train healthcare workers to engage with the communities, helping families and neighbors 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 for $33 a month

An early diagnosis and cure is the best method we currently have for leprosy patients. In order to reduce disability and stigma, 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 have leprosy-related disabilities, our programs provide protective footwear and assistive devices such as crutches, wheelchairs and prosthetic limbs.

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