Medical Programs

With over 50 years of legacy experience, Paul Carlson Partnership partners with Congolese leadership and relationally invests in local ownership. Your partnership allows us to multiply impact to fuel long-term sustainability. These values are reflected in how we choose projects to support or develop. Click on any of the links below to learn more about our medical programs, all done in partnership with the CEUM medical system.

Healthcare in the Democratic Republic of Congo

In the Sud-Ubangi province of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the CEUM (The Communauté Évangélique de l’Ubangi-Mongala – or, the Covenant Church in Congo) runs a medical system of four health zones, which includes 5 hospitals and between 75-95 clinics. This system, once one of the most advanced in sub-Saharan Africa, has been severely damaged over the recent decades of war. PCP is committed to walking alongside the CEUM as they restore this vast medical system to its pre-war days and beyond.

The population in this region is approximately 800,000 and is roughly the size of the state of Georgia. With extreme poverty affecting its people, it is very difficult for a medical system to sustain itself, much less improve its facilities without outside partnership. Most people live, on average, about 16 miles away from the nearest hospital, must travel on rough, difficult roads, and cannot afford treatment. Rural clinics are staffed by a single nurse and a few guards. Clean water is not easily accessible and contaminated water often causes preventable diseases.

2015 Data

  • Life Expectancy at Birth: 60 yrs old

    Life expectancy at birth is the number of years on average that a newborn could expect to live if they were to go through life exposed to the sex- and age-specific death rates that prevail at the time of their birth. This relates to a specific year and in a specific country, territory or geographical area.

  • Maternal Mortality Ratio: 693 per 100,000 live births

    The Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) is the rate at which women die from maternal causes (any cause related to pregnancy, during childbirth, pregnancy or within 42 days of childbirth). It is measured as the number of maternal deaths per every 100,000 live births. A live birth refers to any baby that is born that shows signs of life outside of the womb. A maternal death refers to the death of woman while she is pregnant or within 42 days of childbirth, from any cause related to or aggravated by the pregnancy or its management. Maternal deaths exclude accidental or other non-related causes of death.

  • Under 5 Mortality Rate: 98 per 1,000 live births

    The under-five mortality rate is the probability of a child dying before reaching the age of five; it is expressed per 1,000 live births and is subject to current age-specific mortality rates. A live birth refers to any baby that shows signs of life at birth.

  • Infant Mortality Rate: 74 per 1,000 live births

    The infant mortality rate is the probability that a child will die between the time of birth and exactly one year of age in a specific year or period; it is expressed per every 1,000 live births in that same year or period. A live birth refers to any baby that shows signs of life at birth.

The Congo Clinic Initiative seeks to raise the accessibility and standard of medical care through this collective effort. We invite churches, groups, families, or individuals to partner with us in an authentic, high-impact partnership to support life-saving medical care in Congo.  Learn more.

Looking for a way to get involved? Our Medical Ambassadors are a group of compassionate, dedicated medical professionals applying their skills for transformed and saved lives. They focus on training the trainers for multiplied medical impact in DR-Congo. Learn more.

Nurses are the backbone of healthcare in Congo. They are passionate and dedicated, sacrificing much to go to school. We work to keep these hardworking students in school, support school resources, and change communities for generations to come.
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