Their stories

Read about some of the difficulties Congolese medical
and nursing students face on a daily basis.

Atukuzwe

  • 26 year old male
  • Married with two children (18 months and 5 months)
  • 7th year medical student

It is difficult to study and have children. When I first started, my wife could work, before the children were born. But now she can’t and my parents have no means to support me either. I find the money for my fees by the Grace of God!

I don’t have time to work because 7th year medicine means I am working at the hospital all the time. I find it difficult to split money between supporting my family and my own university fees.

I‘ve loved medicine from an early age; my mother suffered a chronic condition and I always wanted to help her.

I am one of six children and three of us couldn’t afford to go to university, and I am the only one doing medicine.

I’d love to do internal medicine and specialise in endocrinology. I would like to work in DRC and heal my mother!

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