- published: 24 Feb 2011
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Deans of schools of medicine in the Congo-Kinshasa discuss ways they conduct medical training and their success stories. The Congo has schools of medicine in each province, and an elite that carry out the teaching in a state of poverty hard to describe. Yet, hundred of a young doctors graduate each year and serve their country. And a few of them are also used in neighboring countries and some go as far as South Africa to work in hospitals around Africa.
Every day, MSF is confronted with the medical consequences of violence in its hospitals, health centers and mobile clinics in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Medical teams treat trauma injuries from guns, machetes, lances, rifle bayonets, knives, hammers, shells, bows and arrows. But for those on the receiving end, there is often no escape from the violence. Habagasi, an 80-year-old woman living in deplorable conditions at a displaced persons camp on the outskirts of Goma, has been looking after the orphaned children left behind when her family were murdered: "I had eight sons; they were killed together with my husband and they pumped bullets into my body." Having fled for their lives, Habagasi and her grandchildren thought they'd be safe at an 'official' displaced persons camp, bu...
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Several tens of thousands of displaced people have been living in precarious conditions in the region of Ituri, in the northeast Democratic Republic of Congo, for the last two weeks. Fighting broke out between the Congolese armed forces and the militia group, Force de Résistance Patriotique de Ituri (FRPI) on August 22, a battle for control over the southern zones of Ituri. Thousands of people have fled their homes to avoid the fighting. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has strengthened its medical activities in Geti, Orientale Province, to bring medical and mental health care to displaced people.
Teaching has its challenges, and in a poor country like the Congo, it has real hurdles. Nonetheless, trainers and academic faculty members are facing challenges with strategies to keep the youth trained for the future Congolese manpower.
United Nations - Since war broke out in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1996 more than 200,000 women have suffered from sexual violence. Helping the survivors tests the limits of even the most courageous medical workers – like this doctor in Bukavu: 21st Century, Episode #95 Script: Script: http://www.un.org/webcast/pdfs/21stcentury95drcadoctorsstruggle.pdf
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In an attempt to understand the medical training and education system in the Congo-Kinshasa, I made a lifetime trip to meet my former professors in their schools. 3 universities were selected for that purpose : University of Kinshasa, Univ. of Kisangani and the Universite catholique du Graben in Butembo. That selection was intentional because the Congo has gone in the last century from traditional oral educational system to a colonial limited elementary and mid-high school system and finally to a full and comprehensive college system. The later was established during the late 50's near the congo independence day. At this point it becomes very interesting to understand how natives of the Congo have managed to con-duct teachings and research, and how they plan to handle the future in educat...
In Kikwit, former Zaire in 1995 the outbreak of ebola was ended when the team of Zairean doctors, inspite of the disapproval of their western medical counterparts from the american CDC in Atlanta, went ahead with the controversial treatment of transfusing the patient with convalescent plasma (blood from a recovering patient). Despite the risks of infection with other diseases, the African doctors decided that on balance the life of the girl they were treating was more threatened by the immediate danger of ebola than than whatever diseases the convalescent blood might contain. The girl recovered after a week. This did not convince the western doctors who maintained their opposition. On the basis of this success the team of Zairean doctors led by doctor M. Massamba, continued to transfuse t...
India. Various shots as Kitbags are loaded onto plane. Various shots, soldiers gathered round transport plane for departure to Congo. Various MSs. and CUs. Indian soldiers lined up some wearing turbans LS. Man looking as if he is conducting community singing LS. Soldiers being wished goodbye by priest. Various shots a medical equipment etc. Is carried to aircraft. Two LSs. U.S. Air Force transport plane taxing for take-off. Various shots, as personnel make their way towards plane. (Mute. Orig. Neg.) FILM ID:2976.2 A VIDEO FROM BRITISH PATHÉ. EXPLORE OUR ONLINE CHANNEL, BRITISH PATHÉ TV. IT'S FULL OF GREAT DOCUMENTARIES, FASCINATING INTERVIEWS, AND CLASSIC MOVIES. http://www.britishpathe.tv/ FOR LICENSING ENQUIRIES VISIT http://www.britishpathe.com/
For more than a year, the Kasai region of Democratic Republic of Congo has been the scene of a major humanitarian crisis. MSF mobile medical teams are travelling to villages across Kasai province to treat people in need of medical care, in particular malnourished children, and resupply local health centres with medicines and equipment. Many health centres have been affected by the violence.
Eng/French/Nat French and United Nations planes, carrying medical and military aid, began arriving in Brazzaville on Tuesday. Hundreds of people have been injured during the Republic of Congo's four-month civil war. A French soldier guarding the French Embassy was shot twice in the leg overnight - the majority of men on the streets of Brazzaville are armed. Sassou-Nguesso's militia on Tuesday travelled around the city collecting weapons from members of the population. A plane carrying urgently needed medical and military aid lands at Brazzaville's airport. A team of 38 French medical workers arrived early on Tuesday. They will stay in the city for at least two weeks and will set up a 40-bed hospital. The team said the mission was the first of its kind they had ...