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IOM Democratic Republic of the Congo Emergency Response - Situation Report #3 (1 - 15 August 2019)

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12.8 million People in need (Source: OCHA)

8 million IDPs displaced in DRC (Source: OCHA)

92 Points of Control/Points of Entry supported by IOM

HIGHLIGHTS

A rapid response team including National Programme of Hygiene at Borders (PNHF) and IOM staff was deployed to South Kivu Province for rapid assessment and supporting the response following the two Ebola virus disease (EVD) positive cases confirmed in Mwenga territory, 90km from Bukavu (South Kivu Province).

During the reporting period, IOM organised two training courses for its partners on mobility trends monitoring, as well as on the Displacement Tracking Matrix. A total of 66 individuals participated in the trainings.

As of 15 August, over 11,400 Congolese returnees from Angola in Kasai and Kasai Central Provinces have been provided with onward transportation assistance to reach their preferred destinations.

SITUATION OVERVIEW

In its latest report published on 3 August 2019, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) warns that the size of the humanitarian community within the territory of Masisi has drastically reduced from 73 to 28 actors in two years, a reduction of 62 per cent. The main cause of this reduction in the number of humanitarian actors in Masisi is a reduction in financial resources and a growing number of crises.

On 7 August, activities at POC Mavivi Barrier and PK5 (both in Beni, North Kivu Province) were suspended following public protests against the killing of civilians allegedly by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) at Mbau village. IOM's resumed it's activities on 8 August.

The Ministers of Health of Rwanda and the DRC met on 6 August in Rubavu, Rwanda for a bilateral meeting focused mainly on the Ebola response. As a result, the two states adopted a joint roadmap for response to the disease. This roadmap envisages to put in place common preventive and case management mechanisms (including surveillance, sharing information, vaccination). After adoption of the roadmap, a technical team is being set up for its implementation. Due to the high mobility flows, estimated at 64,000 persons per day through the border crossing point between Gisenyi (Rwanda) and Goma (DRC), both countries have also decided to put in place mechanisms to secure border crossings to prevent the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).