SITUATION IN NUMBERS
3,900,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) country-wide
(OCHA Sept 2017)
475,019 refugees in DRC
(UNHCR July 2017)
38,405 cases of cholera cases since January 2017
(Ministry of Health)
7.7 million people require food assistance
(IPC, June 2017)
UNICEF Appeal 2017
US$ 165 million 32.2% of required funds available
Sporadic conflicts between the FARDC and the Armed Groups / militias continued in various parts of the DRC, especially in the Eastern Regions.
20 October, 2017, the Inter Agency Standing Committee (IASC) declared system wide Level 3 emergency response (L3) in the Kasai Region, Tanganyika and South Kivu Provinces where there is capacity gap and rapid increase in humanitarian needs in the DRC. . This followed the declaration of Level 3 emergency by six UN agencies – UNICEF, OCHA, FAO, UNFAP, UNHCR and WFP, in some or all of these three locations in the DRC.
26 October, 2017, representatives of the security council of the African union visited Kananga, Kasai Province to assess ongoing humanitarian response in the region.
Humanitarian Leadership and Coordination
Following the System wide L3 declaration, a humanitarian assessment is being initiated by the HCT in the Kasai region, Tanganyika and South Kivu Provinces and used to inform the development of the 2018 HRP, which is expected by the end of November, 2017.
Considering UNICEF’s existing presence in Tanganyika and South Kivu Provinces, senior level internal capacity to serve as Response Coordinators were identified and deployed from Goma and Lubumbashi to both Tanganyika and South Kivu to provide management leadership to the UNICEF provincial teams in Bukavu (South Kivu) and Kalema (Tanganyika). The UNICEF L3 response in the Kasai Region continues to be led by the Senior Emergency coordinator based in Kananga, Kasai.
Toward the preparation of the response plan in Tanganyika, an initial UNICEF assessment team was deployed to Tanganyika in early October, 2017 (in anticipation of the L3 declaration), and following the system wide L3 declaration a multi-sectoral technical team has been deployed to both Tanganyika and South Kivu to support the preparation of the response plan. A draft response plan is being finalized to contribute to the system wide planning for the response.
During the reporting period, the UNICEF-led NFI and Shelter Clusters organized workshops in Goma and Kalemie1 targeting 21 participants in Goma (from cluster member organizations), and 12 participants (partners) in Kalemi. The aim of the training was to familiarize those actors with the revised NFI vulnerability scorecard approach; and in collaboration with the Food Security Cluster to disseminate the new Guidance Note for improved coordination on food and NFI interventions. The training also included joint targeting approaches, the use of vouchers and cash, and feedback mechanisms.
UNICEF continues its leadership at national and provincial levels of four clusters (Education, NFI and Shelter, Nutrition, and WASH) as well as leading the Child Protection sub-clusters and acting as co-lead (with WFP and Mercy Corps) of the Goma-based Cash Working Group.