CBM in DR Congo to ensure access of persons with disabilities to basics needs

Report
from Christian Blind Mission
Published on 23 Nov 2012 View Original

CBM and local partner in DRC are supporting persons with disabilities who have been displaced as a result of the recently escalating conflict. Support is required to provide basic needs.

Massive displacement reported

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is recovering from a conflict which has led to the loss of millions of lives in the past decades, but many eastern areas are still affected.

On Monday 20 November a military group (M23) took over the eastern city of Goma (1 million persons) in the province of North Kivu. The most immediate humanitarian consequence of the fighting is population movements. The Internally Displaced People (IDPs) camp and surrounding areas in Kanyaruchinya have been left nearly empty. Many IDPs and Goma inhabitants have gone to new camps.

CBM providing access to basic needs

CBM is particularly concerned with the consequences of these massive new displacements reported in the wake of the renewed shelling and fighting.

According to Valérie Scherrer, Senior Manager CBM Emergency Response Unit: “Humanitarian access is being seriously hampered by the violence. Persons with disabilities are unlikely to access medical services and may also not have been able to move to safer locations. Heal Africa, our partner in Goma, has received several injured persons in its hospital and is concerned about the impact of the new displacement for persons with disability. CBM has been supporting Heal Africa for many year and is currently helping them to scale up their activities. A CBM expert is already in Goma on a support and assessment mission.” CBM’s commitment, with Congolese partner Heal Africa

CBM has been working in the DRC since 1975, improving quality of life for persons with disabilities. In 2012, CBM supported its local partner Heal Africa because of rising violence leading to large numbers of displaced people who lacked adequate health care – similar to Goma today. What can be done to help?

We need your help to make sure as many people as possible get access to the medical care they urgently need. Please donate now to ensure:
Heal Africa’s hospital can offer basics medical services to the alarming number of victims of amputations and gunshots. Heal Africa can work with better conditions: The city of Goma has been without water and electricity for several days, and fuel has run out from the hospital’s generator. If this situation persists, this will be the source of the cholera epidemic.