Where we work

CRDI headquarters’ office is based in Woodbridge, Virginia but most of the field level activities are planned and carried out in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRCongo), and in partnership with the local churches and the development partners (Ministry of Health, USAID through a few international NGOs, and local communities).

The Congo Health Center project is the first field level activity that has been initiated with donations of medical equipment and supplies from CrossLink International (a faith-based US-based PVO).

The Congo Health Center Project

The purpose the Congo Health Center (CHC) project is to increase access to facility and community-based high impact primary health care activities that can reduce morbidity and mortality among infants, children, and mothers who live in the catchment areas of the health center. The first CRDI-assisted Health Center is located in Binza-Ozone Health Zone of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Screening of Malaria infection in children

The direct and indirect beneficiaries of the requested Grant are the estimated 30,000 people (men, mothers, children, and the elderly population) who live in the catchments areas of the Health Center. This includes the estimated 6,600 women of reproductive age and the estimated 6,300 children less than five years of age.

The major project interventions include:

  • malaria control and prevention
  • diarrheal diseases control,
  • immunization against childhood communicable diseases and the related Maternal and Child Health services;
  • provision of prenatal and post-natal care including family planning;
  • assisted delivery;
  • school health/hygiene education;
  • training and promotion of nutrition including exclusive breastfeeding and appropriate weaning practices;
  • screening and treatment of confirmed cases of pneumonia and tuberculosis,
  • screening and treatment of sexually transmitted infections (STIs); and
  • prevention and case management of opportunistic infections in people living with HIV/AIDS.

The Ambulance Project

Prenantal service delivery at CRDI-assisted Reference Health Center
One of the service delivery related constraint that the CRDI President identified during field visit of the CRDI-assisted Health Center in November 2010 is the lack of functional referral services and the delivery of emergency pediatrics and obstetrics care. He also observed that critically ill patients (i.e. children with severe case of malaria and women with complication of pregnancies) die in the community or on their way to poorly equipped health facilities in the region.  Although Reference Hospitals are available in the target health zone, functional referral systems that can also facilitate the transfer of very sick patients to better facility for care do not exist.

The CRADI President with donated Ambulance

Based on the above, the CRDI President discussed the problem with Board members upon his return to the US and within six month period, he was introduced to the JAMES PROJECT that provided a donation of a second hand Ambulance with the related life saving medical equipment that is worth $15,000 to assist with the establishment of a referral system that can also facilitate the delivery of quality emergency pediatrics and obstetrics care. Unfortunately, CRDI has not been able to ship this donation to the DRCongo due to lack of a “matching Grant” in the amount of $10,000 to cover the shipping and the delivery costs of donated Ambulance and the related equipment to their final destination in Kinshasa, DRCongo. Therefore, any support we can get from partner organizations and from Board members in this area of fund raising for the Ambulance Project would be greatly appreciated so that we can achieve the short and the long term objectives of this life saving project.

About us

Helping the Rural Populations Through Priority Actions For
Relief And Development.

Contact us

Christian Relief and Development, Inc.
No. 26 Lukumu Street, Commune de Ngalieme, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

For additional information

Armand L. Utshudi, Pharm. & MPH
President and CEO
(703) 946-0625

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