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Centre Congolaise de Culture de Formation et de Développement – CECFOR

In Rep. Dem. Congo more than 70% of the population still lives on less than 2 dollars a day. The maternal mortality rate is 693/100,000 live births and the under five mortality rate is 94.3/1,000. The education level of the population is generally low with deep gender inequalities: only 36.7% of women access secondary education compared to 65.8. Decades of overlapping crises have contributed to accentuate the limitations in access to medical care due to lack of infrastructure and qualified human resources. In this context, in Kinshasa, since 1997, the Higher Institute of Nursing Sciences -ISSI has been offering qualified vocational training in this field, with a particular focus on caring for mothers and their children.

The CECFOR project aims to address the shortage of midwives trained to higher quality standards through the training of trainers for the activation of midwifery courses. In addition, it is intended to offer partial scholarships to economically disadvantaged female students.


-At least 30 professionals trained for the activation of courses in midwifery
-At least 40 female scholarship recipients

Harambee Contribution
24,000 Euro