Technologies Appropriées pour le Congo, TAC Asbl is an NGO based in the Democratic Republic of Congo in the city of Kinshasa. We focus on water, sanitation and hygiene needs. We bring technical expertise, skills and tools to the field and stay as long as necessary to ensure that a project is effective, profitable and sustainable. We work in partnership with local communities to determine the most sustainable and appropriate solutions for safe and abundant drinking water and sanitation. Our approach to ensuring safe water and sanitation for entire villages is to start by equipping schools and clinics as these are the community centers.
It is since 2018 that TAC Asbl is supported and works in partnership with HTS Congo to provide drinking water to the Congolese population.
The Democratic Republic of Congo, also known as the DRC or simply Congo, is by all means one of the poorest countries in the world. Ironically, the Congo has abundant natural resources, namely mineral deposits such as the tentale, a key component of cell phones and laptops worldwide. But decades of war and poor infrastructure continue to disrupt the development of the country of more than 70 million people.
Access to basic sanitation is closely linked to the extreme poverty and suffering that persist in the Congo.
Many families are struggling to live on less than $ 1.25 a day, often unable to afford school uniforms, supplies and the cost of getting their children to school. Illiteracy fuels a lack of awareness and the practice of good hygiene and sanitation.
As a result, many community members do not wash their hands after using the toilet or defecating outdoors. This is yet another path to follow for diseases and parasites.
Most Congolese families trapped in a vicious cycle of poverty spend most of the day trying to get a rarely nutritious meal and rarely clean water.
The DRC faces epidemics of measles and cholera that kill thousands of children. Since the start of 2019, the world's worst measles epidemic has killed more than 5,300 children under the age of 5, and 31,000 cases of cholera have been reported. Currently, COVID-19 cases are increasing rapidly and constitute a major problem in a country considered to be one of the most exposed in Africa. However, in public health centers, equipment, qualified personnel and funds are sorely lacking. Many facilities do not even have access to potable water and sanitation services.
Hand washing is the first community defense against the COVID-19 virus. However, 70% of families in the Democratic Republic of Congo do not have running water and 39% do not have access to soap. This is where we are very concerned and we want to intervene urgently given the spread of this epidemic in the country.
Clean water and soap may seem basic, but they are reliable. And now they are our best defense against Covid-19.
Simple solutions like this make a difference, they save lives. But also tomorrow, and much more. Once these services are in place, the community can focus on their work and education. In short, they can become independent and financially safer.
Kinshasa, the country's capital, is home to more than ten million inhabitants, has the highest number of cases of COVID-19 and is the epicenter of the epidemic in the DRC, the city's public hospitals in particular and those of the DRC in general are confronted with the problems of insufficient respirators and the lack of protective equipment for the nursing staff. This does not allow good management of patients with severe forms of coronavirus. But the situation is even more serious in the majority of the city's hospitals and health centers access to drinking water is poor, the absence of a hand washing point and disinfectant, which compromises an essential preventive measure like hand washing.
As part of human-to-human transmission, the disease can spread among other things through bodily fluids, by an infected person. In this regard, the hands are one of the main routes of contamination from COVID-19 infection. Hand washing with soap and chlorinated water is therefore one of the most effective ways to prevent COVID-19.
Help us scale up our handwashing and Covid-19 awareness programs to save lives, urgently.
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BEELE MPELA Lucien