Democratic Republic of the Congo

Renewed conflicts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have affected that nation’s most vulnerable individuals and with nearly 7 million in urgent need of food and health services, the unmet medical needs of the nation continue to be of grave concern.

URC began working in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 1981 when our non-profit affiliate, the Center for Human Services (CHS), undertook a multi-country research—PRICOR, which stands for Primary Health Care Operations Research Project—to guide developing countries in strengthening their primary health care services. After PRICOR ended and the work continued under a project to help raise awareness about quality improvement, we began an additional project supporting the Ministry of Health in the implementation of nutritional assessment counseling and support interventions.

We also began devoting our work to improving the health of all people—especially women, children and other vulnerable populations—in Africa by expanding basic health services (including family planning), strengthening national health systems and addressing global issues and special concerns, such as HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases.