Low birth weight, lack of medical care, and threat of disease and infection are contributors
to high infant mortality. Also, the national maternal mortality rate is one of the highest in the world.
Because hospitals are often far away and travel must be made by foot, most expectant mothers
never see a doctor and deliver at home or in a field. Please consider the following excerpt
from the article titled What Saves Lives? Security, Access to Health Services from
the International Rescue Committee, December 2004. Click on the link to read the entire article.
Many deaths also stem from complications of pregnancy and child birth. Approximately one in every 15 women dies from complications in Congo – compared to only one in every 5,600 in the United States.
often delivering babies in the bush with great risk for infections,” Ngoy says.
(Dr. Ngoy is IRC’s health coordinator in Congo)
If pregnant mothers attend pre-natal care and nutrition classes, the newborn’s survival rate
increases and the mother's health is improved. The Congo Baby Project was developed
to entice expectant mothers to come to the Bulape Hospital for this information. A baby pack
containing basic newborn items is given free to each mother-to-be who visits Bulape Hospital.
Each Baby Pack includes:
3 heavy cloth diapers bonnet and booties
2 wash cloths 2 bars of baby soap
newborn gown or sleeper receiving blanket
Each complete Baby Pack costs $15. Donations can be made in any monetary amount or any
items listed above. Packs are assembled and sent directly to the Congo several times a year.
If your group or organization wishes to create packs for donation or if you are in the Indianapolis
area, you wish to donate time to help us assemble Baby Packs, please contact us.