Democratic Republic of the CongoOngoing
Appeals & Response Plans
- DR Congo: Ebola Outbreak - Aug 2018
- DR Congo: Ebola Outbreak - May 2018
- DR Congo: Polio Outbreak - Feb 2018
- DR Congo: Floods - Jan 2018
- DR Congo: Landslide - Aug 2017
- DR Congo: Ebola Outbreak - May 2017
- West Africa: Armyworm Infestation - Mar 2017
- DR Congo: Floods - Nov 2016
- Angola/DR Congo: Yellow Fever Outbreak - Jan 2016
- DR Congo: Floods - Nov 2015
Most read reports
- 155 children left orphaned or separated from their parents in DRC’s latest Ebola outbreak
- Democratic Republic of Congo – Ebola outbreak (DG ECHO, UN, DRC MoH) (ECHO Daily Flash of 22 September 2018)
- Aid work suspended due to deadly attack in DR Congo
- Ebola strikes big city in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and WHO scales up response to new threat
- Democratic Republic of Congo: Ebola Virus Disease - External Situation Report 7
By Lara Cooper
As Ebola casualties continue to rise in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Direct Relief has shipped critical protective equipment to the region to safeguard patients and healthcare workers from the disease.
Ebola is an infectious and often fatal disease that results in fever and severe internal bleeding. It is highly contagious through infected bodily fluids such as sweat, blood, and saliva, and remains infectious even after death. Access to proper protective gear is critical to prevent the spread of disease.
On May 3, local health authorities reported a mysterious cluster of 21 unexplained illnesses in the Bikoro Health District, located in the Equateur Province of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Seventeen of those 21 infected people died.
Plagued by decades of internal conflicts, the Democratic Republic of Congo now hosts more than 4.5 million internally displaced people, with hundreds of thousands more living in overcrowded refugee camps in neighboring countries like Uganda and Rwanda.
As the conflict worsens, 18 of the DRC’s 26 provinces are facing an internal crisis, with 13.1 million people in need of humanitarian assistance.
Cholera originated in Asia, but now presents a global threat.
This acute intestinal disease is biologically caused by exposure to the vibrio cholerae bacteria, but it’s fed socially by poor water and sanitation, limited health systems, crowding and poverty. With all these conditions present in abundance across the African continent, cholera outbreaks happen most frequently there relative to all other parts of the world. This leads in many cases to high numbers of deaths, high costs to health systems and regular social disruption.
An estimated 1 million women live with obstetric fistula, a devastating consequence of prolonged obstructed labor, and thousands of new case develop each year. Life-restoring treatment for women with fistula is available at the health facilities on this map
In late December of 2015 a patient in the dense urban area of Luanda, Angola presented with symptoms that could have been attributed to any number of tropical vector-borne diseases: a headache, body ache, fever, and nausea. By January their blood test came back positive for yellow fever. They were the first of many.
Posted by Daniel Tamene on 5 April 2016
Daniel Tamene, our Programme Finance Manager, recently travelled to the Democratic Republic of Congo to visit our partner Centre Resolution Conflits (CRC). He accompanied CRC into the bush to see first-hand the negotiation process they manage every time they rescue and resettle child soldiers. Here is Daniel’s exclusive report from the field.
Located in the city of Kisantu on the western side of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the Hôpital Général de Référence Saint Luc is Direct Relief’s first obstetric fistula partner in the DRC. A 274-bed referral hospital that serves a catchment area of approximately 150,000 people, Saint Luc received its first shipment of fistula modules last year.
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is attempting to make progress towards a democratic and peaceful future, holding elections for the first time in more than 40 years in August.
In November two health experts from the DRC, Malonga Miatudila, M.D., M.P.H.
Recipient: Project de Lutte Contre
Les Handicaps Visuels
Shipment Number: 5047
Shipment Date: 8/7/2006
Recipient: Diocese de Kilwa-Kasenga
Shipment Number: 4826
Shipment Date: 2/7/2006
Recipient: Ambassade de L'Ordre
Souverain de Malte
Shipment Number: 4583
Shipment Date: 11/14/2005
Recipient: Mambilima Mission Hospital
Shipment Number: 4536
Shipment Date: 10/5/2005
Recipient: St. Kizito Health Care
Shipment Number: 3552
Shipment Date: 11/14/2003
Recipient: Centre Hospitalier et
de Diagnostic Medical (CHDM)
Shipment Number: 3462
Shipment Date: 7/17/2003
Recipient: The People of Goma
Shipment Date: 4/2/2002
Recipient: Centre Hospitalier et de Diagnostic Medical (CHDM)