Democratic Republic of the Congo: Population Movement Emergency Appeal n° MDRCD022

This Emergency Appeal seeks 1,996,294 Swiss francs to support the Democratic Republic of Congo Red Cross (DRC RC) to assist some 244,300 people for 9 months in Lomami province, which is concomitantly affected by population movement and a cholera outbreak. While a multi-sector needs assessment carried out in three provinces impacted by the Kasaï crisis (Lomami, Sankuru and Kwilu) suggested a wide range of priorities, given the operational challenges, the proposed approach under this Emergency Appeal is to start with a community health response to the cholera outbreak in Lomami. The proposed activities focus on health and care; water; sanitation and hygiene; and National Society capacity strengthening. This Emergency Appeal reflects the evolving situation at this time. An eventual scale-up of the operation will be considered in planned phases, upon a successful implementation of activities under this Emergency Appeal, and based on ongoing multi-sector assessments. Details are available in the Emergency Plan of Action (EPoA)

The crisis and the Red Cross Red Crescent response to date

June 2016 – November 2017 A period of escalating tensions in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) Kasai Province results in significant population movement, with increasing humanitarian needs. According to UNOCHA over 1.4 million people are displaced.

JanuaryDecember 2017 While cholera is endemic in the DRC, the current outbreak reaches a critical level, with 43,852 cases and 871 deaths notified in 21 provinces of the country since January 2017.

March-August 2017 Two IFRC Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) allocations (a total of 271,326 Swiss francs) allocated to support the initial response and conduct an emergency multi-sector needs assessment.

October 2017 Completion of the multi-sector needs assessment in the provinces of Lomami,
Sankuru and Kwilu.

December 2017 Emergency Appeal launched seeking 1,996,294 Swiss Francs for 244,300 people for 9 months.