One of the biggest Ebola outbreaks in history is threatening thousands of people – and could intensify at any moment. We have launched the Ebola Outbreak Appeal.
Over 2,200 cases have been confirmed in two eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Here, health infrastructure is already weak and many people lack sanitation and clean water.
Health teams are working bravely to protect their communities, but they need help. Ebola can be stopped, and a fast response is crucial: a previous epidemic in May 2018 was quickly brought under control.
We are working alongside the World Health Organization, the DRC’s Ministry of Health and other agencies. Through our Ebola Outbreak Appeal, we are committed to helping halt the spread of the virus and alleviating the suffering of those caught up in this crisis. You can help.
The DRC is already in a humanitarian crisis. Violence, social instability and food insecurity make people even more vulnerable. More than three million men, women and children are internally displaced in this vast African country - most were forced from their homes by conflict. This makes it harder to reach them with medical aid.
Many communities are in denial about the virus, and resistant to help from health workers. Community engagement and awareness is starting to overcome their fears, and helping communities to take charge of their response.
How we're helping
Through the Bureau Œcuménique d’Appui au Développement (BOAD) and Communauté Baptiste au Centre de l’Afrique (CBCA), two longstanding partners, we are working in North Kivu, in four villages that are at high risk of infection.
From our response to the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone in 2014-16, we know that medical help is crucial, but our response must go further.
Providing safe water and sanitation, and sharing hygiene awareness, can help to check the spread of the epidemic.
It is vital to communicate health messages and build trust. So we are supporting local-level response committees, including representatives from women’s organisations, traditional leaders, faith leaders and civil society groups.
We can also help provide emotional and psycho-social support, both for those directly affected, and to reduce fear within communities.
February 2020 update
Since we launched our appeal in July 2019, your generous donations have helped save lives.
Your support has helped us reach nearly 831,000 people in the provinces of North and South Kivu, Maniema and Kasai of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
In North Kivu...
We distributed food to over 120,000 people. We’ve also given hygiene kits, built toilet blocks and water points, and provided psychosocial support to people most affected.
In South Kivu...
We’ve given unconditional cash to nearly 25,000 people to help them meet their most urgent needs. Families are using this cash for essentials such as food and shelter.
We’re supporting communities in three areas through a holistic humanitarian, peace-building and resilience response.
We’ve built 3 water points, provided cash to 900 families in need, given seeds and tools to 500 families, and supported 450 survivors of gender-based violence with psychosocial support.
We’ve also trained 450 community leaders in conflict resolution.
We have given unconditional cash to 6,555 people in Kindu so that they can meet their most urgent needs. Families are using this cash for essentials such as food and shelter. We’ve also reached nearly 32,000 people with food.
We’re supporting 3,870 farmers by distributing seeds and tools and providing agricultural training.
We’ve reached over 50,000 people with cash to help their families have enough food.
Thank you for generously donating to the Ebola Appeal, and for making all this life-saving work possible.
Please donate to continue to support communities to rebuild their lives.
Please make a regular gift through our Ebola Outbreak Appeal
Photo Credit: HUGH KINSELLA CUNNINGHAM