Training program for medical and paramedical staff, extension of nursing school (ISTM-MRP) and renovation of Kenge hospital

Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kwango District, Bandundu Province, Area and Administrative Sector of Kenge.

Diocese of Kenge

The health situation of the Diocese of Kenge falls within a complex geopolitical context for the Democratic Republic of the Congo; communication difficulties, for the most part fluvial, make access to health services problematic and do not favor the development of an integrated health network. There are several places in the Diocese where there are first and second level medical and health facilities.

A Kenge has a Reference Hospital, owned by the state but transferred to the Diocese since 1990, with a convention that was renewed in 2003; this important structure, which in the 1990s had been supported by the GTZ, after the Kenge massacre does not enjoy any support, and therefore has enormous operational problems.

Following the signing of the agreement between the Diocese of Kenge and the Department of Public Health of the Congolese Ministry of Health, the Diocese of Kenge has become responsible for the management of the two hospitals and of the sanitary referral service for the areas of Kenge and Kimbau.

From the beginning, a serious problem was caused by the lack of qualified healthcare personnel: the paramedical staff was then made up exclusively of people in possession of the primary school qualification followed by a two-year elementary education, comparable to a level of socio-health auxiliary (level A3).

Therefore, the first step that has been addressed has been to improve the training of health personnel working in the health areas of Kenge and Kimbau through a permanent education program in Basic Health Care. From the beginning, however, it became clear that there was no motivation to learn from underpaid or unpaid staff at all, when lifelong learning does not provide for a retraining useful for career progression and a more prestigious degree. than that of A3.

The second step, always in the same direction, was to open two secondary schools (ITM, Medical Technical Institute), one in Kenge (Marie Reine de la Paix), and the other in Kimbau (Raoul Follereau), which the government parified respectively in 1996 and 2003 and conferring the title of A2 (currently the lowest level of qualification in the health field recognized by the State).

The presence of these educational institutions responded to a very specific need of the district population (and not only) above all because in the Congolese school system the presence of girls is clearly a minority.

To follow up the education and training provided in the two secondary institutes (ITM) in 1999 the ISTM (Higher Technical Medical Institute) was born, initially on the initiative of the authorities of the Kwango District, which also urged from the beginning the full support and support of the diocese of Kenge, who finally agreed, in January 2000, to found and take charge of the Institute, which was from the beginning conceived as a private and non-profit higher education institution (university level), destined to award university GRADUAT diplomas (a sort of short degree) at the end of the 3-year course.

The project intended to request funding to complete some of the Kenge ISTM building works and at the same time financial support for the staff of the Kenge hospital where the ISTM students’ practical training takes place.

The objectives of the present project provided for the achievement of adequate training of the health managers of the Kwango District, Bandundu Province, in order to promote the right to health of the reference population, and the structural completion and logistical support of the Kenge Hospital for improve the standards of health care provided to the population of the Diocese.


  • Organization of training cycles for health personnel in the Kwango district
  • Maintenance costs of transport vehicles (car and motorcycle)
  • Restructuring of local laboratories of the Kenge hospital
  • Training of ISTM students through appropriate training periods in existing and implemented structures
  • Training of needy students, with particular regard to women, through scholarships
  • Scholarships for the completion of the degree course in Nursing Sciences in Italy of two sisters of the diocese of Kenge

8xThousand Catholic Church, private donations

2004-in progress



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