Women Engaged for the Promotion of Integral Health (FEPSI), North Kivu
FEPSI is a registered NGO with the national government.
Butembo, North Kivu province
Beni and Lubero territories and Maniema province
Sectors of InterventionHealth; prevention of sexual violence; human rights (especially women’s rights)
FEPSI (Femmes engagées pour la promotion de la santé intégrale) was created in 2000 by a group of 15 dynamic women who had a common desire to fight against sexual violence. They were also concerned about the lack of medical care for women. What started as a passion became a reality, and FEPSI has become a vital medical provider for women and children. FEPSI provides medical and psychosocial care for female survivors of sexual violence, offers HIV/AIDS tests to the general population, and educates the community about issues of health, particularly of women’s health. FEPSI has worked with international funders, including UNICEF, Farmamundi, and AAA. FEPSI has also worked with many Congolese organizations, including SFVVS (La synergie des femmes pour les victimes des violences sexuelles) and PNMLS (Le programme national multisectoriel de lutte contre le sida).
MissionImprove women’s access to quality medical care
- Fight against sexual violence and prevent violence of any sort through community education and sensitization
- Provide psycho-medical care to the survivors of sexual violence
- Educate and sensitize the population about HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases
- Promote nursing work through the medical empowerment of and assistance to vulnerable patients
Populations ServedWomen and children
- Medical care: FEPSI runs a medical center with 60 beds to provide complete medical care to female survivors of sexual violence. FEPSI also provides complete care to malnourished children and plans to have more departments for the training of the medical and paramedical staff.
- Human rights: FEPSI facilitates and encourages women to denounce cases of sexual violence and facilitates legal assistance for survivors.
- Community sensitization: FEPSI sensitizes the community about the various forms of STDs, including HIV/AIDS.
- Reproductive health: FEPSI works to sensitize communities about family planning and responsible sexuality. It also sensitizes the community about safe motherhood to reduce the maternal mortality rate.
FEPSI’s supreme governing body is the general assembly, which meets annually. The general assembly decides the overall focus and programs for the coming year and elects the board of directors, which meets quarterly and monitors FEPSI’s work. FEPSI has 56 full-time employees, including three doctors, 40 nurses, and one clinical psychologist.
FEPSI has an account with BIAC in Butembo. For financial, administrative, and personnel management, FEPSI has:
- A procedures manual with policies for financial management; hiring and personnel issues; and purchasing policies and procedures: YES, but it needs improvement
- A computerized accounting system: YES
- A clearly defined accounting process: YES
- Clear procedures for management of payroll, petty cash, procurement, and disbursements: YES
- Staff with the technical expertise to undertake projects: YES
- Motivated and well-trained staff
- Well-equipped and functioning hospital
- Provides quality medical care to the survivors of sexual violence
- Reference hospital for cases of sexual violence
- Greater financial resources and sustainable sources of funding
- Better access to more medicine
- Better support from the Congolese government
- A permanent gynecologist and surgeon at the hospital
Funders and BudgetFor 2011, FEPSI’s budget is $391,445. Funders include UNICEF, WFP, Farmamundi, and BOAD.
- Established 11 voluntary testing and counseling centers for HIV/AIDS
- Reinserted 42 young female survivors of sexual violence into schools
- Provided medical assistance to 600 female survivors of sexual violence
- Provided medical care and drugs to 220 HIV/AIDS patients
- Trained 28 community workers who are all working in the field
- Constructed and equipped the FEPSI hospital center, with a 60-bed capacity
Organizational VisionEradicate the sexual violence phenomenon and significantly reduce the prevalence of HIV/AIDS. In the future, FEPSI would like to build another hospital block to expand its bed capacity.
- Education for vulnerable children: FEPSI seeks funds to help young girls who are survivors of sexual violence or living with HIV/AIDS to attend school. For one year, FEPSI will pay school fees and provide materials for 40 survivors of sexual violence and 20 girls living with HIV/AIDS. In addition, it will provide counseling for the girls and monitor their progress, with the goal of keeping them in school and helping them to reintegrate into their communities. Cost: $16,126
- Salary and material support: FEPSI seeks funding for salaries and equipment for its offices and hospital. Provision of this support will enable FEPSI to devote other funding directly to programs, thereby improving its functioning and reach. Cost: $352,800 (for two years)
- Training for medical and administrative staff: FEPSI seeks funds to provide training to half its medical staff for administrative and financial management, and for project conception, planning, and monitoring. Cost: $3,282