DRC Humanitarian Crisis
About the Ebola crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
Ebola is a rare, and usually fatal, hemorrhagic fever. On August 1, 2018, the Ministry of Health in DRC declared a new outbreak of Ebola in the North Kivu and Ituri provinces in the eastern part of the country. As of December 15, 2018, at least 529 Ebola cases have been identified, including 298 deaths. This puts the fatality rate of the disease as high as 56%.
At the beginning of the outbreak, health workers were not among the infected, but the latest totals account for 48 Ebola cases among health workers, 12 of whom have died. Over 2.5 million people in DRC are at risk of contamination. As primary caregivers, women and girls are more exposed to the virus than men and account for at least 60% of Ebola cases.
Since 1976, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has faced 10 epidemics of Ebola. All have been characterized by high infectiousness, high mortality, and serious degradation of the socioeconomic situation of the population. However, the current outbreak has been characterized as the most challenging and complicated because it is spreading in the epicenter of an active conflict between different armed groups. In 2018, violent armed clashes have killed hundreds of people, making it more difficult to respond to the outbreak in many areas.
What CARE is doing
CARE has aligned with, and continues to support, the joint Ebola response plan, and is focused on filling the critical water, sanitation and hygiene gaps at the household, community and health center levels, and supporting risk communication, social mobilization and community engagement.
CARE currently supports affected communities in the cities most hit by Ebola, such as Mabalako, Beni, Butembo, Lubero and Mutwanga, by providing water, personal protection equipment and training to health staff on preventive measures for Ebola, directly in health centers.
CARE also distributes kits for women and girls which contain soap or hand sanitizers and disposable sanitary pads, underwear, razors and plastic buckets. Additionally, CARE supports 16 hand-washing stations in Mutwanga health centers, where 120 community health workers and 40 members of a water management committee are trained on how to prevent and handle Ebola, as well as supporting 60 schools with hand-washing stations and awareness raising.
DRC Crisis 1 - A young mother starts over in Uganda
Gloria hopes to restart her life in Uganda
DRC Crisis 2 - Refugees from DRC arrive in Burundi
Number of Congolese in Burundi continues to rise
DRC Crisis 3 - Aid scarce for sexual violence victims
GBV victims fleeing DRC conflict face stigma
DRC Crisis 4 - Refugee influx into Uganda worrying
Thousands of Congolese refugees arrive daily
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Responding Today, Preparing for Tomorrow
CARE directly reached 56 million people in 95 countries in 2018. Through advocacy and the replication and scaling of programs and innovations, CARE indirectly reached an additional 340 million.