DR Congo: Weekly Humanitarian Update (06 - 12 November 2017)
KASAÏ: MORE THAN 4.5 TONS OF SEEDS AND TOOLS FOR DISPLACED FAMILIES
More than 4.5 tons of food and vegetable seeds and more than 10,000 farming tools have been distributed since mid-October to more than 1,500 displaced people living in Kikwit. The UN’s Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) estimates that, by the time it wraps up the distribution, some 3,700 people will have benefited from this project that aims to revive farming activities and help families recover. In neighboring Kasai Oriental Province, 2,500 households received at the end of October seeds, including maize, cowpea, tomato, and tools This operation targeted households considered most at risk of malnutrition in Mbuyi Mayi, Tshilundu and Katende. FAO's actions aim to support vulnerable households of displaced people, returning families, and host communities in improving food production and to serve as a conflict prevention measure.
ITURI: US$ 2.9 MILLION FROM SWEDEN TO SUPPORT HEALTH PROJECT TARGETING MORE THAN 200,000 PEOPLE
The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) on 31 October launched the Participatory and Empowering Community Based Approaches to Resilience (PEAR+) project, a multisectoral initiative aimed at providing health, water, education and hygiene assistance to some 215,000 people, including women and children, in Komanda and Nyakunde (Ituri Province) and Rwanguba (North Kivu). Funded to the amount of USD2.9 million by the Swedish government, the 15-months project will equip the communities and state institutions in fighting malnutrition, HIV-AIDS and other diseases. A consortium of four NGOs is to implement this project.
SOUTH KIVU: HUMANITARIAN ACTIVITIES IN FIZI SLOWLY RESUMING AFTER WEEKS OF STOPPAGE DUE TO INSECURITY
A handful of organizations that had suspended projects/reduced their operations have resumed in Fizi, an area in the eastern province of South Kivu that has been the site of armed clashes and violence since August. Among others, international NGO ACTED recently wrapped up an assessment mission ahead of a food distribution to some 15,000 people; a 6-months cholera project, funded by the CERF and targeting some 60,000 people in Fizi and Uvira, is also to go ahead. Since August, Uvira and Fizi have been experiencing episodic bouts of the water-borne disease.
HAUT KATANGA: MEASLES OUTBREAK IN LUBUMBASHI, THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN MISSING OUT ON SCHOOL IN PWETO
A measles epidemic has been declared in the Health Zone of Lubumbashi, after three suspected cases were confirmed positive.
This is the second health zone in Lubumbashi to be confirmed, after Rwashi in April. Of the 564 suspected cases of measles reported in the province of Haut Katanga between 01 January and 22 October 2017, more than 57% are registered in Lubumbashi. Preventive measures have already been set to stop the spread of the epidemic. This announcement comes as another area, Sakania, is affected by the disease. Samples that were sent for testing have confirmed the presence of the disease in the area, however provincial authorities lack all of the necessary medicine. They have reached out to WHO and UNICEF for support. Sakania is the third health zone in the province of Haut Katanga to be in a measles epidemic, in 2017, after Rwashi and Lubumbashi.
In the northern territory of Pweto, humanitarian actors are concerned for some 23,000 children who have missed the first two months of the new school year due to persistent insecurity. Since September, 71 primary schools, representing 33 per cent of 209 schools in Dubie villages, Kyona Nzini, Lukonzolwa and Mutabi, have not opened. The schools are occupied by the displaced or have been destroyed during the inter-communal clashes in recent months. Some schools are occupied by the military, operating in the area.
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