The capital of Congo is Kinshasa and borders Congo-Brazzaville, the Central African Republic, South Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia, Angola and the Angolan exclave Cabinda. In the period 1971-1997 the country was called Zaire. 

With a population of approximately 107 million, the Democratic Republic of the Congo is the most populous officially French-speaking country in the world, as well as the third most populous country in Africa (after Ethiopia and Nigeria) and the fourteenth most populous country in the world. 

Parts of the country are facing humanitarian problems. The Beni region is one of the areas most affected.

Why Beni?

The Beni-Butembo area - sadly reported in the world news due to the recurring mass killings of civilians by militias and the national military - has evolved from a prosperous commercial focal point to an abandoned blind spot on the world map. 

The Beni territory, which comprises 5 health zones with a population of an estimated 1.2 to 1.5 million inhabitants, suffers from a lack of international aid. 
Only a few NGOs are active, with very limited resources, together with MONUSCO forces. Decent and qualitative general obstetric and general surgical care is virtually absent. 

From time to time a consultant surgeon works in Butembo, but surgery (mainly caesarean sections and some emergencies) are performed by general practitioners. Perioperative care and follow-up are below all levels of quality assurance and international standards for quality care delivery. 

Unichir wants to do something about this by offering high-quality surgical and obstetric care for millions of people.