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Republic of Congo

Why were we there?

  • Endemic/Epidemic disease
  • Healthcare exclusion

Our work

  • More than 36,000 refugees were repatriated from Congo to their home province of Équateur, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
  • In 2009, Médecins Sans Frontières opened an emergency programme to meet the medical needs of refugees and the host community in Bétou district, Likouala, by expanding and strengthening services in Bétou hospital and health centres in the area.
  • As many children were suffering from preventable diseases such as tetanus, polio and measles, 13 teams carried out a district-wide, door-to-door vaccination campaign between December 2012 and May 2013
  • With the improvement of the security situation in DRC and subsequent repatriation, Médecins Sans Frontières closed the Bétou project in June 2013. The team had also worked with health authorities to improve national control programmes against tuberculosis, HIV, leprosy and yaws.


Yaws treatment

  • Yaws is a contagious but treatable bacterial infection that causes skin lesions and can lead to disfigurement and disability.
  • In the rainforest of northern Congo and in Bétou district, where yaws is endemic, Médecins Sans Frontières carried out a second round of treatment, targeting Aka pygmies in remote areas who had not received treatment in the first round. 


Cholera emergency response

  • The cholera emergency response that began in Pointe-Noire in November 2012 was completed in May.
  • In addition to opening a cholera treatment centre in Loandjili hospital and five rehydration centres, Médecins Sans Frontières trained medical staff and helped authorities implement preventive measures. 

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Médecins Sans Frontières worked in the country from 1997 to 2013