In the northeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo, people are experiencing the worst outbreak of Ebola in the country's history. A total of 2,334 Ebola cases have been confirmed, 1,547 people of whom have died (as of 8 July 2019). A further 94 cases are consdidered probable.
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. More than 13 million people in the DRC are already in urgent need of humanitarian aid. More than half of all children under the age of five are malnourished. The violent clashes worsen the difficult food situation even more. Ongoing fights prevent aid workers from reaching those in need. Many have been attacked themselves and have to fear for their lives.
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.
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.
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