Terre sans frontières (tsf) recently celebrated a significant milestone in the Republic of the Congo: five years of health-related interventions with our partner, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).
During this time, more than 60,000 refugees, mainly from the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and their new communities in the Likouala region in the north of the country, gained access to primary, secondary and tertiary health care.
Thanks to our team of more than 100 people, TSF’s capacity to meet our beneficiaries’ needs has allowed us to diversify our partnerships in the country and work with organizations like the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Food Programme (WFP), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
We have also expanded our health interventions in Brazzaville, the country’s capital, to help urban refugees, and in the Plateaux department, where thousands of refugees settled in 2019.
This program features a wide range of activities. Over the past five years, we have provided many types of services, with a focus on maternal and infant health care. This includes the vaccination of newborns, as well as nutritional rehabilitation for children and pregnant or nursing women. Other actions involve psychological support for people who have been traumatized, epidemiological surveillance, and prevention campaigns for AIDS and the Ebola virus.
“Celebrating five years in the region means celebrating our resilience and ability to effect positive change. It shows that our actions meet real needs and highlights our understanding of the difficulties refugees face,” says Jean Fortin, TSF’s CEO, who was on site for the anniversary celebrations with Linda Bambonye, President of the Board of Trustees.
During their visit, Mr. Fortin and Ms. Bambonye met with numerous UN and government representatives to express TSF’s interest in continuing and even expanding its partnerships and interventions in the Republic of the Congo.