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Malteser International warns of growing humanitarian catastrophe in DR Congo
Cologne/Kinshasa. On Thursday 17th May the latest Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo spread to Mbandaka, a city of more than one million people, prompting fears from medical experts that the outbreak will be harder to deal with than anticipated. The Congolese Ministry of Health was able to confirm 25 deaths from Ebola by the morning of Friday 18th May.
Cologne. Malteser International is appealing to the general public to make donations for the needy in Africa. Around 24 million people on the continent are currently facing starvation and their situation is becoming increasingly critical. “Climate change is not solely responsible for the current hunger crisis. Violent conflict, unequal distribution, and poor governance are also contributing factors.” said Sid Peruvemba, Vice-Secretary General of Malteser International.
Cologne. Two years after the Ebola epidemic claimed more than 10,000 lives in West Africa, a renewed outbreak of the disease has been reported in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Three people have died after contracting the deadly virus in the country’s north-eastern province of Bas-Uélé. Very few aid organizations are active in Bas- Uélé, which makes rapid international aid very difficult. Just like the World Health Organization, Malteser International now supports local health facilities in the province to prevent further spread of the virus and loss of lives.
Malteser International delivers quick emergency relief
Cologne. The ongoing unrest in South Sudan is responsible for a continued flight to already poverty-stricken and financially strained neighboring countries. Around 800,000 South Sudanese people have already left their home of origin. Even in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a country itself dependent on international aid, more than 27,000 refugees from South Sudan have fled across the border. At the same time thousands of Congolese are returning to their homeland from South Sudan.
According to new UN figures, six million people – or more than half of the total population – are in need of humanitarian aid in South Sudan, the world’s newest independent country. Unrest returned to the country as it celebrated five years of independence at the beginning of July, almost a year since the conclusion of a tentative ceasefire that put a hold on years of bloody civil war. Since then, persistent outbreaks of violence have kept South Sudan and the international community on edge.
Armed conflicts continue to threaten the region of South Kivu in eastern central DR Congo, near the border with Rwanda and Burundi, causing massive displacement of population and leading to food insecurity. To ensure that the basic needs of the population are met, Malteser International is distributing emergency food rations in the region, together with the World Food Program of the United Nations.
Support for four health posts on the border and in refugee camp
Malteser International is responding to a new humanitarian crisis after recent clashes between rebels and the Congolese army drove tens of thousands in DR Congo over the border into Uganda. Around 70,000 people streamed into the poorly developed Bundibugyo district within a short period of time starting in mid-July, following an attack from the rebel Allied Democratic Forces in the Congolese town of Kamango.
Cologne. The recent news that a target under the seventh Millennium Development Goal – to halve the proportion of the global population without access to safe drinking water – has been reached is a reason for celebration on World Water Day. However, Malteser International, the relief service of the Order of Malta for humanitarian aid, calls for going beyond the statistics and focusing on reaching the nearly 800 million people worldwide who are still without a source of clean water.
Bukavu/Cologne. A five-day vaccination campaign is currently taking place in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to contain a measles epidemic which is putting more than a million children at risk. From 18 to 22 May, Malteser International’s teams are assisting the vaccination of more than 630,000 children between six months and 15 years of age in 11 health zones in the South Kivu province. Almost 1,200,000 children in 25 health zones must be vaccinated in the South Kivu province alone to prevent the further spread of the disease.
25 November: International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
Bukavu/Cologne. Over the past six years, Malteser International, the relief service of the Order of Malta for worldwide humanitarian aid, provided psychological and medical treatment for about 49,000 women who had been subjected to assault, rape, and further atrocities in the conflict-ridden province of South Kivu, a region located in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Cologne. Malteser International is distributing foodstuff to more than 48,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the East of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo). "We can now reach even more people than last year", says Dennis Müller, Congo expert of Malteser International. "The people had to flee the heavy fighting between the Congolese army and the rebels. Although there is a ceasefire now, most of them do not dare to go back to their villages", Müller explains.
Cologne. Malteser International currently prepares to extend its relief measures fort he civilians in the East of the Democratic Republic of Congo. "We follow the developments in the region with enormous concerns", says Dennis M=FCller, Congo expert of Malteser International. "Since August 2008, there are more than 850,000 internally displaced persons. If the political situation deteriorates, this figure is expected to rise dramatically."
Since the ceasefire between the Congolese army and the Tutsi rebels of the CNDP, the war-torn region is dominated by a tense calm.
Terrible experience must be processed
Malteser International distributes food to more than 30,000 internally displaced persons
Cologne/Bukavu: In Minova, the region on the border between North and South Kivu in the East of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Malteser International is distributing around 1,000 tons of food supplies to more than 6,000 families who have had to flee because of the conflict in North Kivu. "Together with other relief organisations, we have done an assessment in the region of Minova and counted 30,645 internally displaced persons (IDPs)", Dr.
Bukavu/Cologne: The escalation of armed struggles in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo has triggered a further refugee crisis. "Even the north of South Kivu province - in par-ticular the Minova region - is affected," Christoph Rumich, the Programme Coordinator of Mal-teser International reports from Bukavu. "Thousands are fleeing into this region out of fear of the brutal attacks happening in Goma. Particularly affected are women and girls, because rape is often used as an instrument of war.
Le 15 février 2008 restera une date mémorable pour les populations de Shabunda après l'inauguration ce jour ,par le Gouverneur de province du Sud -Kivu, de la route N502 reliant Burhale et Shabunda. En effet, Shabunda est resté pendant de longues années un territoire enclavé.Et à cause de cet enclavement, la zone de santé de Mulungu, l'une des plus vastes de la province du Sud - Kivu, est restée sans assistance humanitaire.
World Malaria Day on 25 April 2008
Cologne/Mahagi - On the occasion of the World Malaria Day, Malteser International criticises the precipitous and badly prepared introduction of new malaria drugs in many parts of the world. "The introduction of the new drugs is advisable if there are already resistances against the old therapy in the respective country," Dr. Alfred Kinzelbach, Malteser International Re-gional Coordinator Great Lakes says.
Cologne/Bukavu. Right before the EU Africa Summit in Lisbon, Malteser International calls on the participating countries to push the international community to enforce their commitment for the compliance with the international humanitarian law in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). "In the remote regions of the DRC, hundreds of girls and women are being brutally raped every day. The perpetrators are rarely held accountable.
Deutsche Post World Net supports the fight of Malteser International against malaria
Cologne/Bonn/Bukavu. Deutsche Post World Net supports the fight of Malteser International against malaria. Free of charge, the logistics group provides the capacities for 10,000 mosquito nets to be transported to the province of South Kivu in the east of the Democratic Republic (DR) of Congo. "Malaria is one of the main causes of infant mortality worldwide. In Africa alone, one million children die of the disease every year.
Cologne/Bukavu. In the province of South Kivu in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Malteser International distributes food to more than 20,000 internally displaced persons. As a part of an aid programme financed by the European Commission, the World Food Programme of the United Nations provides 368 tons of foodstuffs (maize, beans and salt).