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Democratic Republic of Congo

Ebola, War and Hunger

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Project Status Completed
Main sector
Water, Sanitation & Hygiene

+++ Current Ebola situation: Health threat remains +++

It was only in November 2020 that the last Ebola outbreak in the northwest of the Democratic Republic was officially declared over. At the beginning of February 2021, the country reported some Ebola cases in the North Kivu region. It is not yet clear whether this marks the beginning of a new outbreak or whether these are isolated cases. Our colleagues on the ground are monitoring the situation closely. We are currently preparing new Ebola protection measures in Congo, such as the construction of isolation wards and latrines, and the distribution of hygiene kits to contacts of Ebola patients.

The health situation in the country is very tense and has been exacerbated by the coronavirus since last year.

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From 2018 to 2020, people in the north-east of the Democratic Republic of Congo experienced the worst outbreak of Ebola in the country's history. 3,481 people got infected, 2,299 died. The outbreak was officially declared over at the end of June.

Ebola outbreaks happen repeatedly in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Containment of the virus is severely hindered by the war between rebel groups that has been going on for 20 years. For example, the fighting prevents vital aid from reaching the population. Many aid workers are themselves attacked and fear for their lives. All this in a country where some 19.6 million people do not know how to feed themselves. The heavy fighting makes the difficult food situation even worse.

Preventing ebola: children at a school near Goma are shown how to wash their hands… © Maya Jean-Jacques / Welthungerhilfe
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… and they put these hygiene instructions into practice. © Maya Jean-Jacques / Welthungerhilfe
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Pupils use large posters to display ebola's dangers, symptoms and how it is passed on. © Maya Jean-Jacques / Welthungerhilfe
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Children and teenagers are directly involved in the ebola prevention trainings at schools in the Democratic Republic of Congo. © Maya Jean-Jacques / Welthungerhilfe
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Distribution of handwashing equipment: Several schools in the region pick up the kits at a central collection point. Welthungerhilfe staff explain how they are assembled and used. © Maya Jean-Jacques / Welthungerhilfe
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Each school will receive at least one handwashing stand, a bucket with a lid, a small basin to catch the water, soap and a box with educational images on Ebola. © Maya Jean-Jacques / Welthungerhilfe
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Together with its partner organisation Bon Dieu Dans la Rue, Welthungerhilfe is training teachers to present facts on ebola in the classroom. For example, they explain details about symptoms, methods of contamination, and preventative measures. © Maya Jean-Jacques / Welthungerhilfe
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Welthungerhilfe works tirelessly for the local people. In addition to long-term nutrition projects, the focus is on Ebola prevention. As part of this project, young people and local health staff have received training in Ebola prevention, for example. There they learned how to identify the disease and how to isolate the infected as quickly as possible.

How Welthungerhilfe tackled Ebola

The project was funded by the Federal Foreign Office (AA).

Peace in Congo is fragile. Agricultural projects and road construction offer a glimpse of a better future.

In addition to the Ebola prevention measures, Welthungerhilfe continues its nutritional projects. The aim is to support local people in finding a sustainable way out of poverty and hunger. They learn about beekeeping, vegetable growing and the cultivation of trees, for example. They get the chance to earn a regular income and to develop new livelihoods.

Support Welthungerhilfe in offering a better future to the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo – free from hunger and poverty. Your donation is an important contribution on this path.

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