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DR Congo: Weekly Humanitarian Update (24 - 27 July 2017)

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KASAI: ADDITIONAL US$9 MILLION PLEDGED FOR THE HUMANITARIAN RESPONSE

The Netherlands and the United Kingdom respectively pledged US$3 and $6 million to the DRC Humanitarian Fund to support the humanitarian response in the Kasai region. This new funding comes in addition to the US$2 million allocation from the DRC Humanitarian Fund for assistance in the sectors of protection and education which had been suspended a few weeks ago for technical reasons and was launched this week. The total funding announced amounts to $16.8 million, which represents 26% of the total $64.5 million required in the Flash Appeal. Funding being currently used in the field represents a total of $7.4 million - 11% of the total amount required in the Flash Appeal. Most of the ongoing activities are funded by the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) – some $5 million allocated at the beginning of the crisis. (our latest situation report).

NORTH KIVU: 50,000 VULNERABLE PEOPLE RECEIVE AGRICULTURAL AND FOOD ASSISTANCE

As part of a food security project funded by the DRC Humanitarian Fund, CARITAS Butembo-Beni is finalizing the preparation for a distribution of bean and maize seeds and germs in favor of some 36,500 vulnerable displaced and indigenous people between Kaseghe and Kanyabayonga (Lubero Territory). The distribution is scheduled to take place between 09 and 12 August 2017. The NGO is also constructing 15 drinking water sources in several locations on the west coast of Lake Edouard, Lubero health zone. In this area, Caritas had also previously carried out a water and sanitation project in Mubana funded by the Catholic international development charity (CAFOD). Nearly 36,000 people who had fled violence that erupted in Lubero Territory sought refuge in this health zone. Habitants will also be given chlorine and community relays will be trained to help raise awareness about water-borne diseases. On 27 July 2017, the World Food Programme (WFP), through its partner World Vision, started to provide food assistance to some 13,800 old and new displaced people who have arrived in the area since January 2017 as well as members of vulnerable host households who were identified by WFP from 17 to 20 July 2017.

SOUTH KIVU: ROAD REHABILITATION WILL FACILITATE HUMANITARIAN ACCESS

As part of its project to open the 47-km road that connects Kigulube to Kamulila, Shabunda Territory, the NGO ASOV has already rehabilitated 14 km of this road. This project, which is expected to end on 19 August 2017, could open up this part of Shabunda Territory and facilitate access to humanitarian actors. Above all, it could significantly reduce the vulnerability of the population by facilitating the transportation of their agricultural products. This rehabilitation effort is part of the project conducted by ASOV aimed at supporting the development and rehabilitation of transport infrastructure in the Mulungu health zone, Shabunda Territory

TANGANYIKA: HEALTHCARE AND FOOD ASSISTANCE FOR THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE

Last week, WHO in partnership with the NGO International Rescue Committee (IRC) launched a three-month free primary health care project funded by the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) in favor of 48,000 IDPs and members of host communities. The project will cover 4 health areas in Kalemie and Nyemba health zones that host IDPs who fled inter-community violence opposing Twa and Luba communities. The NGO IRC will also set up mobile clinics in displacement sites. Since 26 July, 13,000 IDPs living in spontaneous sites some 30 km north of Kalemie are also receiving food assistance through the NGO World Vision (WFP's implementing partner). This food distribution is the second of three phases of assistance scheduled for three months. 129 tons of cereals, legumes, oil and cooking salt will be distributed. Last month, the NGO AVSI also organized fairs in non-food items for these vulnerable households in the context of the Rapid Response to Movement of Population (RRMP) programme. Since January 2017, these two sites have hosted various waves of IDPs who fled intercommunity clashes in the region.

ITURI: OVER 20,000 IDPS BENEFIT FROM HEALTHCARE IN SOUTH OF IRUMU

On 01 July 2017, the NGO Medair started an OFDA-funded healthcare project which will end on 31 December 2017. Over 2,500 people have started to benefit from free healthcare in Irumu health centers while over 20,000 people (pregnant women, nursing mothers and children from 0 to 59 months) will have access to free healthcare in Gety and Boga. Since March 2016, these IDPs have been forced to flee their villages due to militia incursions into their homes while people in Gety have been affected by recurring attacks by FRPI militias.

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