The region that includes Uganda, Burundi, Malawi, and the DRC faces harrowing health realities. In Uganda and Malawi, 5.3% and 5.5% of children die before the age of 5. In Burundi and the DRC, that number increases to 7.2% and 9.4%. The likelihood that a 16-year-old girl will die due to maternal causes during her lifetime is 1 in 23 in Burundi, 1 in 24 in the DRC, 1 in 29 in Malawi, and 1 in 47 in Uganda. Overall life expectancy in the four countries is 57.1 in Burundi, 59 in the DRC, 59.2 in Uganda, and 63.8 in Malawi—15-20 years lower than the US and other developed nations.
Although rural health centers are the first, and sometimes only line of defense against sickness and death for the majority of East Africa’s communities, they continue to be crippled by lack of equipment, medicine and knowledge. Providing 40 to 70% of healthcare in the region, faith-based health centers are East Africa’s opportunity for better health.
The area that spans Burundi, Uganda, Malawi and the Eastern DRC has seen some of the world’s most violent conflicts and civil wars since World War II. Food shortages, disease and these conflicts have kept all three countries in the lowest development rating given by the UNDP. Life expectancy remains low, while child and maternal mortality rates remain among the highest in the world.
1,200 patient visits monthly
$1 per patient visit
The average LifeNet partner health center is now serving 1,200 patient visits a month.
This number is growing as LifeNet-franchised health centers gain reputations in their communities for quality care. We are now doubling care in our partner health centers at an average cost of less than 1$ per patient visit. By 2023, we plan to work in 1,000 health centers across 10 African countries, transforming care for more than 10,000,000 patient visits.
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