HISTORY OF GLOBAL REFUGE IN DR CONGO
In late 2015, war broke out in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo, displacing tens of thousands of people and causing conditions for many that were unsustainable for living. Food immediately became scarce and many were dying from malnutrition, Cholera, Malaria and other diseases.
Global Refuge responded in November, 2015 with life-saving medical care and emergency feeding. The fighting has strengthened and weakened in the time that Global Refuge has been present in the region, but the work has never stopped. The emergency care became a full service feeding center and medical clinic with inpatient capabilities in early 2016. The clinic is able to provide lab tests and surgical procedures.
Global Refuge has been able to acquire land for growing essential foods in the area. These foods have been able to supplement the nutritional programs that are critical to keeping the entire displaced population from severe malnutrition.
Global Refuge continues to monitor other displacements across Eastern Congo and will respond when our assistance will be needed.
2016 KEY FIGURES
Men, women & children who received care:
No. staff in 2016:
CURRENT WORK: NORTH KIVU DISTRICT
North Kivu District
Borders Uganda & Rwanda
GRI’s Oicha Clinic provides medical treatment to the displaced Bantu and Pygmy population in the Oicha region. The clinic focuses on treatment of diarrhea, dysentery, pneumonia, upper respiratory infections, malaria, malnutrition and communicable skin infections.
Due to food insecurity in this region, malnutrition is a main cause of death among this population. GRI provides therapeutic and supplementary feeding to malnourished children and adults. GRI staff follows strict guidelines for enrollment in the feeding program including checking the height, weight and middle upper arm circumference of each person. This is checked again weekly to monitor weight gain. GRI also provides food and medical treatment as needed to siblings and mothers of children enrolled in the feeding program.
GRI believes in training and equipping those living in displacement. Therefore community health education including hygiene, disease prevention, recognition of malnutrition, medication compliance and disease monitoring are taught to "medics" in this region. GRI staff will train 15 Pygmy medics, within the two Pygmy settlements, in community health education in order to encourage cleanliness within the settlements, to identify serious cases of malnutrition and illness and refer such cases to GRI’s clinic. These medics will also ensure medication compliance for more serious cases within their settlements
In addition, GRI has been conducting an agricultural project in this region since November 2015 in order to ensure food security for those who are displaced. This program has included distribution of seeds and hoes to Pygmies and weekly visits by GRI staff to ensure proper planting and maintain accountability. Also small gardens have been planted at the Oicha clinic to provide nutrition and model healthy eating to parents and children receiving treatment at the clinic.