Democratic Republic of the Congo

USAID is responding to an Ebola outbreak in DRC’s North Kivu and Ituri provinces, working with partners to boost infection prevention and control, upgrade water, sanitation, and hygiene infrastructure at health facilities, raise awareness about Ebola in communities, and provide other life-saving assistance.
USAID is responding to an Ebola outbreak in DRC’s North Kivu and Ituri provinces, working with partners to boost infection prevention and control, upgrade water, sanitation, and hygiene infrastructure at health facilities, raise awareness about Ebola in communities, and provide other life-saving assistance.
Kellie Ryan/International Rescue Committee

Key Developments

Despite an overall decrease in average weekly Ebola case counts across eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in September, response actors remain concerned about elevated transmission in Ituri Province and other hotspots, where access is challenging due to difficult terrain, poor road conditions, and the presence of armed groups.

The Government of the DRC (GoDRC) Ministry of Health and UN World Health Organization released their Strategic Response Plan 4 on September 6, outlining the GoDRC’s Ebola response strategy and operational plans to improve response effectiveness through December. The plan requests $579.9 million to bolster ongoing public health activities, as well as support community engagement, financial planning, risk communication, and security activities in Ebola-affected areas.

In Fiscal Year 2019, USAID contributed approximately $197 million to support Ebola preparedness and response activities within the DRC as well as in neighboring countries. This is in addition to the $13 million USAID provided in Fiscal Year 2018. USAID funding supports case management, community engagement, Ebola preparedness, food assistance, safe and dignified burials, and surveillance activities, as well as infection prevention and control programming, including training, supervision, and supplies, in and around Ebola-affected areas.

Background

Despite the implementation of a peace agreement in 2003, ongoing fighting between forces loyal to the Government of the DRC and various armed entities—including the Allied Democratic Forces, the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda, and Mai-Mai militants—has contributed to high levels of insecurity and population displacement in eastern DRC. In addition, intensified fighting between the Armed Forces of DRC and local militia in central DRC’s Kasaï region since August 2016 has generated new humanitarian needs in the country. Humanitarian access constraints, poor infrastructure, forced recruitment into armed groups, reduced access to agricultural land and traditional markets, and violence have contributed to the deterioration of humanitarian conditions in DRC and mass internal displacement and refugee outflows since 2016.

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Last updated: October 09, 2019

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