DR Congo: Finding New Ways to Save Lives
In the rainforests of Beni Territory, families face life-threatening challenges—conflict, forced displacement, and outbreaks of disease.
From 2017 to 2018, the estimated number of people in need of urgent aid was revised from 8.5M to 13.1M – an increase of over 50%.
This is where we come in.
DR Congo now has more internally displaced people than any other African country. Families fearing violence flee to neighboring villages, where they live in unsanitary conditions and are vulnerable to exploitation. Health needs are widespread and often urgent: in 2017, over 50,000 cases of cholera were reported.
Having fled, people often lose the home, crops and livelihoods they left behind. Each day they struggle to meet their basic needs while worrying about health and security, and waiting for news about when it may be possible to return home.
Health & Nutrition
We help health facilities provide quality services to the most vulnerable based on who needs care rather than who can afford it. We respond to disease outbreaks and population displacement by supporting health facilities in the hardest hit areas.
Rapid Response Medical Teams
When violence forces the mass movement of people, existing health systems in the communities where people flee for safety are overwhelmed. As a result, many people struggle to access health care. Medair’s medical teams operate mobile clinics that can respond and start treating patients for common diseases and malnutrition within days of receiving an alert.
We work in communities, schools, and health facilities to improve water, sanitation and hygiene facilities and practices. This is vital to halting the spread of deadly but preventable waterborne diseases such as cholera and diarrhea.
Access & Infrastructure
In remote forest communities reachable only by foot, we build bridges to facilitate safer and speedier travel, often enabling motorcycles to reach these communities for the first time. This opens up humanitarian access, while enabling communities to reach the nearest health facility more quickly and widening economic opportunity through better access to markets.
people gained improved access to safe drinking water
people gained access to a new or improved latrine or bathing facility
people taught about life-saving hygiene practices
Generous gifts from people like you
EU Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation
US Agency for International Development
United Nations Children’s Fund
Common Humanitarian Fund