The NGO Medical Emergency Relief International (Merlin) is to assist in the re-establishment of health facilities in Kalima, Kindu, Punia and Kampene in Maniema, eastern DRC. Merlin’s regional representative, Una MacAskill, told IRIN today (Wednesday) that some 505,000 people have been affected by the destruction or disrepair of health centres. “It is an effort to increase access to basic health care temporarily. We hope to help health workers collect and build up credible, reliable data on the health situation in these areas,” she said. Besides the provision of basic health services, Merlin plans to support the resettlement of approximately 110,000 people displaced in Kalima and Kindu.
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