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Democratic Republic of Congo

Ebola, War and Hunger

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Kerstin Bandsom Team Communications

In the northeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo, people are experiencing the worst outbreak of Ebola in the country's history. More than 3,305 Ebola cases have been confirmed, 2,246 people have died (as of 3 February 2020). 

The country has already suffered tremendously due to the war that has been ongoing for 20 years and in which the local population has been brutally attacked by rebel groups. Around 12.8 million people in the DRC are already in urgent need of humanitarian aid. The violent clashes worsen the already-difficult food situation. Ongoing fights prevent aid workers from reaching those in need. Many have been attacked themselves and have to fear for their lives.

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 main focus is on Ebola prevention. From experience in Sierra Leone and Liberia, it is clear that education is the best protection against the deadly virus. Therefore, young people and local health workers receive training in Ebola prevention.

Welthungerhilfe's efforts against Ebola
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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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