In the DR Congo one out of six children die before the age of five, mainly from easily preventable illnesses. Susila Dharma Congo, as a legally constituted Congolese non-governmental organization active in the development of local communities through education, health and agricultural activities, has found it necessary to step into the national arena to propose solutions for communities made highly vulnerable by the lack of health services. A project in South Africa is also supported by members of SDIA to prevent violence towards girls and women.