International Medical Corps supports dozens of health centers, clinics and hospitals in North and South Kivu and Itebero, Kibua, Pinga and Bambo health zones by providing medical supplies, essential drugs and training for health workers. We conduct health interventions to prevent and treat the morbidity diseases of malaria, diarrhea and acute respiratory infections.
To help prevent polio, our staff initiated an Acute Flaccid Paralysis (AFP) surveillance program and improved reporting in health zones in DRC’s North Kivu. AFP is a condition of sudden weakness, paralysis and reduced muscle tone, which is a common sign of polio and is used during surveillance for polio outbreaks. The program led to higher rates of AFP case detection among children under the age of 15, and thus helped to ensure that no polio cases go undetected in targeted health facilities—supporting efforts to reach a polio-free future. In addition, our teams provide reproductive health services including clean delivery kits and access to skilled birth attendants and antenatal visits. In areas without clinics, we run mobile medical units to give vulnerable and displaced populations access to vital health care services.