Where We Operate

We are where we are most needed. We have more than 500 workers in the field saving children's lives in areas of major humanitarian disasters such as Congo, Syria and South Sudan. Find out more about our work in the countries where we operate.

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Congo (DRC)

The second largest country in Africa is the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which is also rich in natural resources. Congo, however, suffers from a long-standing conflict.

Country Facts

  • Total population: 78.74 million
  • Rank in the Human Development Index: 176 out of 188.

MAGNA Intervention

  • Opening of Congo mission: 2009
  • Area of intervention: Kinshasa, Yumbi, Equtoria, Kasai

Overview of the Congo Crisis

The Democratic Republic of Congo has survived decades of several overlapping crises and serious constraints on medical capacity. 2018 witnessed a further increase in extreme violence and frequent occurrence of far-reaching diseases.

The humanitarian situation in Congo deteriorated in 2018 and affected millions of people. Political instability, upcoming presidential elections, fighting between the regular army and the rebels, continued violence, scarce resources, and repeated Ebola epidemics all contributed to one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises. It is estimated that the number of people in need increased to more than 13 million in 2018, of which more than 60% were children under 18. Some 9.9 million are struggling with food insecurity and over 4.5 million with malnourishment. In 2018, there were also 10.5 million people in need of health care.

Why we are in Congo?

  • Mother-and-child health
  • Infectious disease
  • Malnutrition
  • Access to health care
  • Displaced people

Our Congo intervention

In 7 projects through various provinces in 2019, MAGNA focused mainly on the most affected and most vulnerable populations: newborns, children, pregnant and nursing women, girls, boys, victims of gender based violence, seniors, and other vulnerable groups.

Democratic Republic of Congo has been through decades of overlapping crises and serious constraints on medical capacity. 2019 witnessed a further increase in extreme violence and frequent occurrence of far-reaching diseases.

The humanitarian situation in Congo deteriorated in 2018 and affected millions of people. Political instability, upcoming presidential elections, fighting between the regular army and the rebels, continued violence, scarce resources, and repeated Ebola epidemics all contributed to one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises. It is estimated that the number of people in need increased to more than 13 million in 2018, of which more than 60% were children under 18. Some 9.9 million are struggling with food insecurity and over 4.5 million with malnourishment. In 2018, there were also 10.5 million people in need of health care.

Two Ebola epidemics greatly distressed the situation in Congo. The first was declared in May in Équateur province, and was halted after 42 days with a total of 54 registered cases and more than 30 dead. For the first time, an experimental vaccine was administered, which humanitarian organizations believe helped in quick prevention of further outbreaks.

The second epidemic, the tenth in Congo’s history, broke out in North Kivu province in the country’s north-east, in August 2018. This one is much more serious, and has not yet been brought under control. This is the largest Ebola outbreak in the country’s history, and the second largest ever in the world. On 17 July 2019, Public Health Emergency of International Concern was announced. The Ebola epidemic rapidly grew worse because of armed groups’ assaults, the community’s resistance to the measures undertaken, and the geographic spread. By the end of 2018 there were around 700 cases registered, with nearly 500 deaths.

MAGNA projects concentrate on directly reinforcing the state health care system, and are undertaken alongside existing health structures and personnel. MAGNA provides expert know-how through building capacity, facilities, and operations support. In all projects we cooperate closely with government partners to ensure sustainability.

In 2019, MAGNA had 987 direct field workers in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

2019 activities in numbers

  • 164,281 out-patient consultations
  • 176,564 children vaccinated against measles
  • 9,492 attended births
  • 166 victims of sexual violence (rape) benefited from medical and psychosocial care
  • 5,534 malnourished children admitted to nutrition programs
  • 127 health workers trained
  • 1,172 mobile clinic excursions
Congo: Report of activities 2019

Every year your donations cover thousands of treatments and vaccinations.

How are your donations used
95%
medical projects

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