Health and Safety for Nurses
This project was set up to try to strengthen the SOLSICO union and to help health workers, particularly nurses, cope with the particularly difficult working conditions in DRC.
The weakening of SOLSICO is due both to a lack of human and financial resources, the latter would allow the organisation of training courses on union leadership.
The project will make it possible to better train leaders and thus improve the lobbying undertaken with the government and international organisations present in the DRC. The main objective of the lobbying is to denounce the working conditions of nurses and to demand their integration in discussions on health issues.
The project is also an opportunity to recruit new members and to integrate more young adults into SOLSICO's decision-making bodies. In this regard, a national youth committee and provincial committees have been formed. Thanks to newly recruited young people who have been brought to the head of certain health structures, SOLSICO now has had shop stewards in areas where they have been absent for several years.
Video: SOLSICO - Nurses in DRC (Français)
Once it has achieved its objectives, the project will benefit the entire Congolese population through the improvement of the health system and better training of workers. More specifically, the beneficiaries of the project will be SOLSICO members and union leaders, with a special focus on young workers, as well as health workers in the Congolese health system.
At its May 2016 meeting, PSI’s World Women’s Committee (WOC) agreed that a high priority area of work is workplace violence in the health sector. The WOC also agreed that the experiences of affiliates in raising awareness and developing campaigns and actions to eliminate workplace violence will contribute to the discussions and preparation for developing an ILO standard (convention and recommendations) on violence against women and men at work. This video of interviews is part of the case study on the Democratic Republic of Congo.