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For the past 20 years, the Democratic Republic of Congo has been the center of one of the world's worst humanitarian crises — and the situation has dramatically worsened over the course of the last year. Some 13 million people need humanitarian assistance, including nearly 10 million who aren't able to meet their daily food needs. The country is currently battling its tenth Ebola outbreak in the conflict-affected and densely populated province of North Kivu.
There is also cause for hope. Mercy Corps is working to provide desperately needed cash assistance, latrines and clean water to help people survive the crisis in Hombo. Most recently, we have joined the efforts to contain the spread of Ebola. Building on our existing emergency response expertise, we are expanding our large-scale humanitarian operations in the east of the country. Elsewhere in DRC, we're also helping children get back into school and working with small farmers to address food insecurity and build better livelihoods.
Join us for a brown-bag discussion with Whitney Elmer, Deputy Country Director for Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Learn why this embattled country, so rich in natural resources and fertile soil, is often referred to as a forgotten crisis. See how Mercy Corps is working with communities to strengthen their resilience to recurring stresses and shocks.
About the Speaker
Whitney Elmer is the Deputy Country Director of Programs for Mercy Corps in The Democratic Republic of Congo. With a masters degree in International Public Health, she has worked in the international development sector for over 11 years in Niger, Central African Republic, Haiti, Iraq, Jordan, and the DRC. She joined Mercy Corps in 2010 and has worked in a number of field leadership positions including Program Manager, Head of Office, and Deputy Director.