Economic Development, Education , Featured, Health, Success Stories

Micro-Insurance Makes a Big Impact in Eastern DRC

Posted on Apr 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

A Little Insurance Goes a Long Way For Famers in Congo Behind every coffee and cocoa bean produced in eastern Congo is a hardworking farmer. These farmers do the heavy lifting – literally – to further the progress of Congo's re-emerging agricultural sector. In rural farming communities, access to affordable health care has always been a challenge. These are remote areas and what health care exists is often too expensive for farmers to afford. With farmers running a higher risk for basic injuries, as well as the prevalence of malaria and other diseases in the ...

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Featured, Health

Facilitating access to maternal care on Idjwi Island

Posted on Oct 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

With challenges to accessing maternal care, conflict, and a high fertility rate, the Democratic Republic of Congo is one of the most difficult places in the world to be a mother. The most recent data from the World Bank estimates a maternal mortality rate of 730 deaths per 100,000 live births – the 6th highest in the world. In ECI’s opinion poll of the people of DRC, more than a quarter of respondents had experienced the death of a child in their immediate family. The first few months of a child’s life are a critical period; infants develop motor skills...

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