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UPDATE: Our response to the Ebola outbreak in DRC
The country is currently battling its tenth Ebola outbreak, in the conflict-affected and densely populated province of North Kivu. The virus has killed 49 people since August 1.
Mercy Corps is working to help communities near the epicenter of the epidemic to prevent the spread of the disease. Our emergency teams are distributing hand-washing stations for health facilities in Musienene and Lubero districts of North Kivu, which are home to 400,000 people.
We will be following up with additional prevention activities to better improve hygiene, sanitation and access to water for communities in the path of the disease. Read our full statement here ▸
Life in DRC
The Democratic Republic of Congo hosts one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises, centered particularly in the east. Despite its vast wealth of human and natural resources, the country struggles with many challenges. A lack of infrastructure, stunted economy and weak governance cause serious hardship and inhibit development efforts.
Over two decades of armed conflict has displaced 4.3 million people within the country. The province of North Kivu hosts a quarter of the internally displaced population, and has become a perpetually insecure and hostile environment.
Demographic pressures, rapid urbanization, food insecurity and youth unemployment compound looming threats on the horizon. The UN reports that 13.1 million people require urgent humanitarian assistance.
- 9.9 million people are severely food insecure
- More than 2 million children suffer from severe acute malnutrition
- 6.4 million people are at risk of epidemics, including 4.8 million people who are vulnerable to cholera
Our workMercy Corps is responding to the emergency needs of internally displaced people and host communities and strengthening their resilience to recurring stresses and shocks.
- Emergency response: Providing cash assistance so people can prioritize their own immediate basic needs.
- Water, sanitation and hygiene: Providing access to safe drinking water for more than 1.5 million displaced and conflict-affected people. Organizing chlorination of communal water sources. Building familial and public latrines. Improving knowledge and practice of basic hygiene behaviors.
- Education and protection: Facilitating the reintegration of 3,000 displaced out-of-school children into local schools. Training local teachers on trauma and psychosocial support.
- Food security: Addressing the root causes of food insecurity by increasing the production of smallholder farmers and reducing malnutrition.
- Economic opportunity: Supporting sustainable livelihood development of small farmers. Promoting links between value chain actors.
DR Congo: Quick facts on the humanitarian crisis in DRC
The Democratic Republic of Congo is a country rich in resources, yet fraught with conflict and violence. The country is currently experiencing the largest displacement crisis in Africa. Many of its people have not seen peace in more than 20 years. Read more about the crisis and find out how we're helping families survive -- and build stronger futures.
DR Congo: Providing emergency services and brighter futures to displaced families in DRC
4.3 million people in Democratic Republic of Congo are internally displaced because of conflict. They can't go home, so Mercy Corps is working to make sure they have what they need to rebuild their lives.
DR Congo: Cash and the family goat: Sifa’s story of survival
When Sifa and her children fled their home, the only thing they had to rely on was the family goat. Learn how we helped her recover what she lost.
DR Congo: Stories from the Field: Democratic Republic of Congo
Mercy Corps' Global Board Member Bob Newell travels to the Democratic Republic of Congo, one of Mercy Corps' most complex countries.
DR Congo: How one young woman is fighting back for change
Like many women in DRC, young Masika has endured terrible violence. But she’s working hard to make the future better for her child — and the next generation.
DR Congo: How much water in a day?
The search for water is a backbreaking ordeal in Goma. Why? See how we've brought clean water within reach — and how women like Justine use the vital resource every day.
DR Congo: The quest for clean water comes closer to home
Many people spend hours every day just gathering water. See how we’ve changed that for thousands of families living in a city built on lava.
DR Congo: Lives spent on the run
Many children like this little girl in the Democratic Republic of Congo have never known a permanent home.
DR Congo: Chaos in Congo: After the rebel invasion
When rebels invaded Goma, eastern Congo's largest city, our teams rushed to help tens of thousands who were forced to flee as the battle approached their homes.
DR Congo: Congo needs a long-term solution
For years, families have lived under the threat of violence, frequently forced to flee their homes for safety. Lately, things have worsened, with renewed fighting between rebels and government troops sparking a new wave of displacement.