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Support for ongoing projects continued unabated in 2016 and into 2017, further establishing the influence that Trade Aid UK has been able to give to important relief programmes worldwide. Much of this has been enabled by the continued sale of Trade Aid UK Granulated and Caster Sugar through Tesco Stores and the sale of ethical travel insurance through its partner www.travelandinsure.com. The use of external aid agencies and charities has been instrumental in us being able to reach the remotest parts of the globe where often the needs are greatest. The individual aid projects supported by the Trade Aid UK Foundation can be viewed by simply scrolling up and down the project panel on this page and clicking on the project that interests you.

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Health Centre Project

Trade Aid UK is supporting Medair in their efforts to increase access to health care in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in areas ravaged by ongoing civil war. The funding provided by Trade Aid UK will be directed towards restoring a Health Clinic at Kiliwa in Haut Uélé district, supporting a population of around 6000 people.

The Kiliwa clinic is needed to provide up to 1,000 free consultations a month to displaced people and vulnerable members of the host community. The building, including its sanitary facilities, is in a state of disrepair. The ceiling and floors are damaged, and doors and windows are missing, leaving wind and rain to blow into the building. The walls are in a poor condition and the latrines are well below acceptable standard.

Lords Resistance Army (LRA) rebels have been attacking civilian populations in Haut and Bas Uélé districts of north eastern D.R. Congo since 2008, resulting in the displacement of over 340,000 people. The health care system, already in a weak state when the conflict started, has degraded further because of looting, fleeing staff, and lack of funds. At health centres, the quality of care has been assessed as poor and supply of medicines inconsistent. D.R. Congo was placed last on the global Human Development Index of the 187 countries vetted, with healthcare as the leading indicator for the poor score.

 Medair brings emergency relief and rehabilitation to over two million people a year in some of the most vulnerable countries in Africa, the Middle East and Asia, all countries that are severely affected by conflicts, natural disasters, or other crises. You can find out more about Medair and the work they are doing by logging onto their website at www.medair.org.

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