More than 250,000 people have become displaced and are living in temporary shelters or even in the open air in and around Goma as a result of recent rebellion in North Kivu province. There are no adequate food, water and hygiene facilities for them.
Doctors Worldwide (DWW) has sent a team to Goma led by DWW country director Mr Jibrill Kasongo. According to the DWW team's assessment, major health problems are diarrhea including cholera (27%), Malaria (19%), respiratory Infections, sexual transmitted diseases (as a result of mass rape of women by rebel militia) and intestinal worms. Increased malnutrition is detected among under 5 children and pregnant women.
DWW is currently co-ordinating its actions with OCHA, WHO and local health authorities. DWW has started to set up 4 mobile clinics in Kasika, Ndosho, Mabanga and Majengo districts. DWW is working with its long term local partner RADEM and has employed local staff to carrying out the project for 3 months initially, subject to extension dependant on circumstances. DWW will provide all expenses to allow free treatment.
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