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Construction of a nursing school at the Medical School of Sange in Ruzizi

The organization Femmes Artisanes de Paix (FAP) is carrying out a project in collaboration with the Probitas Foundation in the territory of Uvira, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The aim of the project is to construct a nursing school which will allow young people in the zone to become nurses, thus improving the healthcare system and helping local young people to study and so improve their quality of life.

Living conditions in Kivu Sur are very hard, eight out of every ten homes are extremely poor and the 82% urban unemployment rate is above the national average. Most of this population works in the agricultural sector with very low salaries. Added to this situation is the loss of life and insecurity caused by successive wars, and the prevailing context of violence in the zone for the last fifteen years.
The healthcare system in Uvira has been weakened to a point where the indices are absolutely scandalous: the infant mortality rate is 139 children for every 1,000 births, the maternal mortality rate is 563 women for every 100,000 births, and the HIV rate is uncontrolled with respect to the rest of the country. Finally, regarding healthcare personnel, the zone presents an enormous deficit as there are only 15 doctors and 108 nurses for 450,000 people.
The principal objective of the FAP project is to provide remote health centers with qualified medical personnel to improve the management of healthcare for the population through the construction of a technical medical school ‘ETM Sange' and the training of nurses.
The first phase of the project is based on the construction of a building with two complete classrooms and instrumented to carry out the classes of infirmary, an administrative dispatch, a room of laboratory instrumented and a block of six latrines. The second phase, will aim to educate to the families of the different villages because they allow girls to sign up to the school of infirmary.
There are expected to be 10,000 direct project beneficiaries, 7,000 of them are women and 3,000 are children aged less than 15 years.