Cholera is raging across the Democratic Republic of Congo. In the last year, more than 22,000 people have been infected – 1,600 of those in the last four weeks alone.
The disease is rampant in the temporary camps that house many of the 1.7 million people who have been forced from their homes by conflict and hunger. Limited water supplies and poor sanitation in these overcrowded camps create an environment ripe for the spread of cholera.
Mercy Corps teams have quickly ramped up efforts to battle the disease in 23 camps in North Kivu, an area with some of the highest infection rates in the country. We are giving families lasting sources of clean water, soap, latrines and washing facilities, as well as training community volunteers, parents and children on healthy hygiene and sanitation to prevent the disease from spreading.
Recent photos from our team in North Kivu show how they’re helping communities battle the epidemic.