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About COVID-19 / À propos de COVID-19

Posted on Mar 06, 2020

We at ECI have been preparing for the possibility that the virus should reach DRC or neighboring countries. Please be assured that we are putting protocols in place to protect the members of our staff. Please read this memo carefully, and stay alert for more guidance from ECI and Congolese health officials.  À ECI, nous nous préparons à la possibilité que le virus atteigne la RDC ou les pays voisins. Soyez assuré que nous mettons en place des protocoles pour protéger les membres de notre personnel. S'il vous plaît lire cette note attentivement, et rester vigilant pour plus de conseils...

News from ECI, February 2020

Posted on Feb 20, 2020

I am writing to you from Bukavu, where the year is off to a busy start. Congo has been going through an Ebola outbreak, but I am happy to say it seems to be under control. The new government of President Félix Tshisekedi is reaching out to the governments of Rwanda, Uganda, and Burundi — a promising start to the healing of old wounds in our region. Meanwhile, we are expecting Monusco, the UN peacekeeping force in DRC, to step down their troop levels. We’re keeping an eye on the situation, which has the potential to affect the economy and security of some of our partners...

Micro-Insurance Makes a Big Impact in Eastern DRC

Posted on Apr 27, 2017

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 […]

Facilitating access to maternal care on Idjwi Island

Posted on Oct 10, 2014

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 […]