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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 Care

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 years of civil war, massive internal migration and displacement and ongoing violence and chronic insecurity.

The funding provided by Trade Aid UK will be directed towards supporting health clinics and the provision of free health care. This project helps strengthen the existing health care system by training and supervising doctors and nurses in the diagnosis and treatment of illnesses, with priority given to the three most common causes of death in the DRC: malaria, acute respiratory infections, and diarrhoea. Maternity services, neonatal care, and medical care for survivors of sexual violence are also provided.

The Democratic Republic of Congo is still recovering from a massive multi-nation war that ended in 2003. Chronic insecurity still plagues the eastern provinces of DR Congo, causing massive internal displacement as people flee from ongoing violence at the hands of numerous armed groups. Almost a third of the country’s 2.4 million internally displaced people are in North Kivu and Ituri provinces, where Medair operates.

Violence amongst militia groups in Beni territory continues to displace thousands of people. Forced from their homes, these internally displaced people seek safety in host communities that are further from the violence, but who lack the infrastructure and resources to accommodate large influxes of people. These population movements place additional strain on the health care system, an issue made worse by the fact that the overcrowded conditions in which many people live have limited access to safe water or sanitation, making it very easy for diseases such as measles and cholera to spread quickly.

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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