Congo River: Cholera Outbreak - May 2011
A cholera outbreak was declared in March 2011 in Oriental province and later spread along the Congo River to Bandundu, Equateur and Kinshasa provinces in DR Congo. The Ministry of Health declared a national epidemic in June and appealed to donors for support. (IFRC, 25 Apr 2012) Over the course of 2011, 8,038 cases of cholera and 434 deaths were recorded in the western provinces, with a peak in June (Gov't/WHO, 3 Jul 2012). In 2012, 7,175 cases and 229 deaths were registered, peaking in April (Gov't/WHO, 29 Jan 2013).
Republic of Congo
The first cases of cholera appeared in the Likouala, Cuvette and Plateaux divisions in June 2011, but Government officials did not declare the epidemic officially until July 2011. By 27 Dec 2011, 775 cases of cholera and 32 deaths were registered nationwide. (IFRC, 1 Feb 2012)
At the beginning of 2012, a new cholera outbreak occurred in Betou and the surrounding villages. 355 cholera cases, including 5 deaths, were recorded, with the highest number of cases at the beginning of March. By June, no new cases had been registered. (IFRC, 30 Sep 2012)
On 4 March 2012, an explosion occurred in an arms depot in Brazzaville, making 13,800 people homeless. They were accommodated in a temporary site where cases of cholera were declared in late March 2012 and early April 2012. (IFRC, 30 Apr 2012)
From May through to June 2012, no new cases were registered. (IFRC, 30 Sept 2012)
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La brutalité à l'encontre des civils atteint des « sommets dans l'horreur »
Alors que les populations de Goma, République démocratique du Congo, et des camps environnants vivent toujours dans la peur de nouveaux affrontements entre le M23 et forces loyalistes, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) est témoin d’une violence grandissante à Masisi, quelque 80 kilomètres au nord-ouest. Dans ce territoire le plus reculé de la province du Nord Kivu, l’organisation apporte une aide médicale au principal hôpital.
While people living in Goma and sheltering in nearby camps continue to live in fear of new clashes between an armed group called the M23 and loyalist forces, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is witnessing increased violence in Masisi, some 80 kilometers (48 miles) to the northwest. In this isolated area of North Kivu, the medical emergency organization is providing support to the region’s primary hospital.
Help for 1,500 children displaced by conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is to be provided by a Tearfund partner.
Heal Africa, which runs a hospital in the eastern city of Goma, is to supply food and medical care for youngsters living in camps.
Makeshift settlements have sprung up around Goma as tens of thousands of people have fled clashes between an armed group called M23 and the Congolese army.
Alors que les rebelles marchent sur Goma, la capitale provinciale du Nord-Kivu en République démocratique du Congo (RDC), des milliers de personnes fuient les combats, laissant derrière eux des villages et des camps de déplacés vides.
« Dans la ville, l’atmosphère est tendue, les gens sont affolés », raconte Grace Tang, chef de mission pour Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) basée à Goma. « Les combats qui, pendant des mois, ont forcé des centaines de milliers de personnes à fuir leur foyer partout ailleurs dans la région, ont maintenant atteint la ville refuge de Goma. »
As a rebel advance reaches the outskirts of Goma, the provincial capital of North Kivu province in the Democratic Republic of Congo, tens of thousands of people have fled the fighting leaving villages and displaced persons camps empty.
“The atmosphere in the city is tense, people are worried,” said Grace Tang, head of mission for Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) based in Goma. “The fighting that for months has forced hundreds of thousands to flee their homes elsewhere in the region has now reached Goma’s doorstep.”
In order to put a stop to recurring cholera epidemics in Katanga, ACTED has established several stands where chlorine is sold through a community approach. In this way, the beneficiaries reinforce their response capacities to cholera epidemics without outside help and therefore also significantly increase their resilience to this sort of situation.
14/08/2012 - Since late July 2012, the already fragile stability in eastern Congo has been further undermined by violent clashes between government and rebel troops. Nearly half a million people have been uprooted from their homes according to the UN. As thousands of families seek food, shelter and safety, SOS Children’s Villages prepares to act.
August 9, 2012 -Los Angeles, Calif.- Heavy fighting in North Kivu province in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has forced International Medical Corps to evacuate staff from Goma and Walikale. In mid-July, due to the insecurity, the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in DRC retrieved International Medical Corps staff from Walikale and transferred them safely to Goma. With the military front now approaching Goma, International Medical Corps staff has relocated from Goma to Bukavu.
Le nombre de meurtres, enlèvements, viols et déplacements augmente dramatiquement dans la région des Kivus
Selon Oxfam, des millions de personnes dans l'est de la République démocratique du Congo sont actuellement à la merci de milices alors que le conflit qui sévit de longue date sombre dans le chaos généralisé. Le nombre de meurtres, kidnappings et crimes contre la population a atteint des niveaux alarmants.
Fears are growing that tens of thousands of lives are at risk due to conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Fighting between rebels and the Congolese army has forced 277,000 civilians to flee their homes since April, according to the UN.
Clashes between the M23 rebel group loyal to Bosco Ntaganda (known as ‘The Terminator’) and government forces are centred on the east of DRC.
Tearfund is looking to provide urgent aid to help those who’ve been displaced after the rebels took control of several key areas in North Kivu province over recent weeks.
· Children hiding in the bush to avoid the fighting
· High proportion of refugees in Uganda are under 15 years of age; reports suggest they left out of fear of being forcibly recruited
· Surge in violence sees aid agency shut down life-saving programs including cholera response, in the east of DRC
· Children are facing the added trauma of displacement, says World Vision, calls on governments to do more
By James Addis
The rebel capture of the town of Rutshuru in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo forced the suspension of efforts to combat a deadly cholera outbreak.
World Vision staff evacuated from the region, and projects to counter cholera have been temporarily halted, including the rehabilitation of water points, hygiene training, water purification, and latrine construction.
Mickael Le Paih, head of mission for Doctors Without Borders, says that fighting in the region is preventing the sick getting treatment for cholera.
Depuis le mois de mai, plus de 25 000 congolais ont traversé la frontière ougandaise pour fuir les affrontements entre les groupes rebelles et l’armée congolaise dans la région du Nord-Kivu en République démocratique du Congo.
BRAZZAVILLE [ACTED News] – The cholera epidemic is still striking the Congo, with new victims still being detected. 1,033 cases were registered since January, according to a report by the World Health organization published last month. The city of Brazzaville now has a count of 169 cases, including 8 deaths. The Oubangui and Brazzaville communities along the Congo River are the hardest hit. ACTED is carrying out hygiene awareness raising in the most vulnerable neghborhoods of the capital city to mitigate the epidemic.
By John Kisimir
The situation in some parts of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) remains fragile as aid agencies respond to the needs of the populations recently displaced by fighting between government troops and multiple non-state armed groups and M23 rebels.
World Vision has resumed operations in some the areas where it had suspended operations three weeks ago but was once again forced to withdraw staff from Rutshuru Territory after fighting advanced.
25 MAI 2012 Les violents affrontements militaires qui opposent depuis avril l’armée congolaise (FARDC) et différentes factions du Nord-Kivu déstabilisent toute la province.
Tandis que 40 000 personnes se sont réfugiées en Ouganda & au Rwanda, impossible pour le moment de porter assistance aux milliers de familles en fuite identifiées par nos équipes dans les zones de combats.
MAY 25, 2012 Violent clashes between the Congolese army (the FARDC) and various factions of North Kivu have been destabilizing the entire province since April of this year. While 40,000 people have already sought refuge in Uganda and Rwanda, it is currently impossible for aid to reach the thousands of fleeing families that our teams have identified in the numerous combat zones.
Added by Caroline Gluck Oxfam Great Britain Humanitarian Press Officer
I’ve often had to document Oxfam’s hygiene promotion activities in communities, schools, markets and other public places. But never a prison. Until now
In Bunia town, Ituri district, in Congo’s Orientale Province, Oxfam’s health and emergency response teams have been tackling a serious cholera outbreak. We’ve been working with a local water provider, Ngongo, to try improve water supply to sections of the town.
MSF apporte son aide malgré l’instabilité
En dépit de la complexité croissante d'une situation déjà instable dans la province du Nord-Kivu, en République démocratique du Congo, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) continue à fournir des soins de santé primaire et secondaire à la population. Les équipes appuient quatre hôpitaux de référence, 12 centres de santé, quatre postes de santé et quelques centres de traitement du choléra. MSF dirigent également des cliniques mobiles hebdomadaires et des activités d'intervention d'urgence.
MSF providing aid in midst of instability
Despite the growing complexity of an already unstable situation in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) continues to provide primary and secondary healthcare to people there, supporting four reference hospitals, 12 health centres, four health posts, several cholera treatment centres, weekly mobile clinics and emergency response activities.