DRC Humanitarian Situation Report, November, 2017

Report
from UN Children's Fund
Published on 30 Nov 2017

SITUATION IN NUMBERS

4.1 million
Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) country-wide (OCHA Nov. 2017)

526,543
refugees in DRC (UNHCR Oct. 2017)

49,619
cases of cholera cases since January 2017 (Ministry of Health)ebo

7.7 million
people at risk of critical food security (OCHA, nov.2017)

UNICEF Appeal 2017
US$ 165 million
33% of required funds available

Highlights

  • Cholera Outbreak: 49,619 cholera cases and 959 deaths (fatality rate: 2%) has been recorded in 22 out of 26 provinces; 38% of the total cholera cases and 28% of the total number of deaths were reported in the three locations declared by the IASC for system wide L3 response. In November, more than 7,000 new cases of Cholera were recorded across the country, and the epidemic spread to two more Kasai provinces, Sankuru and Lomami.

  • 26 November, 2017, a meeting of the Emergency Directors’ Group and Donors on the DRC was held in Brussels, to explore the humanitarian situation in the Country, including on women and children, current level of response and challenges associated with prioritization in the face of limited funding. The DRC Humanitarian Coordination Team (HC-T) was represented by the HC a.i/ Country Director for WFP, the UNICEF Representative a.i and the Head of the OCHA office in the DRC.

  • In November, the UNICEF Rapid Response mechanism provided lifesaving assistance to more than 116,000 displaced, returned people and their host communities in Eastern DRC and Kasai Region.

Humanitarian Leadership and Coordination

  • The DRC Humanitarian Response Plan 2017-2019 has been updated. This HRP humanitarian situation analysis for 2018 indicates that 13.1 million of people are in need (1/7 of the country), against 8.5 million in 2017. The Response Plan targets 10.5 Million people and a funding requirement of US $1.68 billion. This translate to an increase in the target set for the nutrition cluster from 388,262 SAM admissions in 2017 to 1.3 million in 2018; WASH cluster from 7.3 million (2017) to 8.2 million people (2018), Education cluster from 500,000 (2017) to 1.7 million people (2018) and Child Protection Area of Responsibility from 75,200 (2017) to 198,900 children (2018).

  • A draft system wide operational plan for the L3 locations, coordinated by OCHA, has been developed, costed at US $237.6 million for the Kasai Region, US $57.7 million for South Kivu and US $72.7 million for Tanganyika, for the next 6 months.

  • UNICEF has finalized the response plan for the three locations declared for L3 response and estimated that US $43,4 million is required for the Kasai Region, US $34,1 million for South Kivu and US $31,1 million for Tanganyika, for the next 6 months. The UNICEF plan is aligned to the system wide operational plans.

  • In the Great Kasai, the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) was activated in November, following the declaration of Level 3 by Word Food Programme (WFP) at the end of October.

  • 30 members of the Education Working Group benefited from a training on Education in Emergencies organized by UNICEF, in Kasai and Kasai Central provinces. The training aimed to familiarize them with Cluster approaches, guidelines and response plans (including HRP). Also, one of the members of the cluster distributed school kits to 14,041 children (including 6,831 girls) in North Kivu.

  • From 12-22 November, a DRC Coordination Architecture review team conducted an analysis of the adequacy of current humanitarian coordination structures. The team was composed of the Global WASH cluster, OCHA and the Global Early Recovery cluster; held meetings with the HCT and national inter-cluster group and visited Kananga (Kasai) and Goma (North Kivu).