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A Visual Journey Through MSF's Programs in DRC

11 March 2015

Ruzizi River forms the border between DRC, Rwanda, and Burundi. MSF provides more emergency medical care in Democratic Republic of Congo than in any other country in the world. Photo: Brendan Bannon

An amputee looks out over the mountainous landscape of North Kivu from the MSF hospital in Masisi. Photo: Yasuyoshi Chiba

A militia fighter carries a rocket-propelled grenade past MSF vehicles on a rainy day in Kazinga, a village in the Masisi region of eastern DRC. Despite ongoing conflict, MSF successfully conducted a vaccination campaign across the rebel-controlled territory, through villages accessible only by foot. Photo: Phil Moore

New arrivals at a camp for displaced people. Conflict in eastern DRC has forced millions from their homes and destabilized the country. For many, camps such as this that are meant to be temporary wind up turning into longer-term settlements. Some people have lived here for years, others were even born here. Photo: Giulio Di Sturco

MSF surgeons perform emergency surgery in Kimbi, South Kivu province, DRC. Photo: Brendan Bannon

A sick man is helped to an MSF mobile clinic by family members in Masisi. The conflict-ridden region is very isolated, with very little medical care available nearby. MSF sends a mobile clinic to this community once a week. Photo: Phil Moore

An MSF mobile clinic travels to a remote community in North Kivu province by motorcycle. In some parts of DRC, road conditions are so bad that they are forced to travel by motorbike. Photo: Jean-Pierre Amigo

When no roads are available, MSF will find other ways of delivering lifesaving medical care. Here, a team travels by canoe to a village in Bandundu province. Photo: Robin Meldrum

The majority of MSF’s staff in DRC is Congolese. Photo: Robin Meldrum

Fisherman at the shoreline at Kinkondja, where regular outbreaks of malaria are a problem. DRC’s tropical climate, many lakes, and abundance of rivers contribute to the proliferation of mosquitoes that spread life-threatening diseases like malaria. Photo: Sandra Smiley

Muenge traveled 35 kilometers (around 22 miles) to get treatment for her one-month-old daughter, who has a serious neonatal infection. Providing health care to mothers and children is a priority in all of MSF’s missions around the world. Photo: Sam Phelps

A lack of reliable infrastructure makes delivering health care challenging in DRC. The health center in Ngomashi is a four-hour walk to the nearest road. Photo: Phil Moore

MSF runs ambulatory services that help get patients the medical attention they need faster. Here, two MSF ambulance drivers refuel as they prepare to transport two patients with gunshot wounds to a hospital. Photo: Phil Moore

A survivor of sexual violence visits the MSF clinic in Kitchanga, North Kivu province, for a consultation. MSF treats more survivors of sexual violence in DRC than in any country globally. Photo: Giulio Di Sturco

HIV patients Jean-Pierre and Marie met each other at the MSF hospital in Kinshasa. Photo: Peter Casaer

Early morning at the MSF hospital in Masisi. Photo: Yasuyoshi Chiba

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has suffered near back-to-back emergencies for decades.

Political instability and violence have forced millions of people from their homes. Humanitarian crises and epidemics have followed, worsened by the lack of available health care and reliable infrastructure.