In the Democratic Republic of Congo, lives are on the line as people struggle
against violence and deprivation
– vulnerable to deadly diseases like malaria, measles and now,
the biggest cholera outbreak in the past two decades.
Please help MSF teams as they work round the clock to deliver urgent medical care in this neglected humanitarian crisis.
NEW VIOLENCE DISPLACES OVER 50,000 IN ITURI
MSF emergency teams have been racing to deliver health and humanitarian care to 57,000 people who have fled new outbreaks of violence in Ituri Province, eastern DRC. Those who have reached the Ugandan border have almost nothing to survive on, with little access to clean water and sanitation. MSF has set up an outpatient clinic to deliver urgent vaccinations for children, to help prevent the risk of diseases like measles.
Janet arrived at MSF’s clinic with her three children. She became separated from her husband as they fled their village, and has no idea where he is. She said: “My children and I are suffering here. One of them is sick – we are all in trouble. We have nothing.”
CHOLERA HOT SPOTS
Decades of civil war have destroyed health systems and displaced almost 4.5 million people. Epidemics of disease cycle back year on year: right now MSF is battling the worst cholera epidemic in 20 years. In areas where access to drinking water and sanitation are poor, cholera is highly contagious, and has already reached densely populated parts of the capital, Kinshasa, as well as many surrounding provinces. To help stem the epidemic, MSF has set up two cholera treatment centres to provide round the clock care for severely sick patients.
“It’s crucial to act quickly to prevent the spread of this epidemic. By providing quick
and free treatment for patients, we can ensure proper care for those who are ill.”
- MSF’s emergency response unit member Jean Liyolongo, DRC