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D.R. Congo

2.7 million Congolese have been forced to leave home
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D.R. Congo is often a forgotten crisis. Ongoing waves of violence caused by inter-ethnic tensions, power struggles over natural resources, and brutality from different armed groups, continues to force people from their homes into dangerous living situations in makeshift camps or host communities.

As a result, an estimated 2.7 million people are displaced internally throughout the country – more than 1.3 million of them residing in Orientale and North Kivu, eastern Congo, where Medair is responding.

As the longest serving non-governmental organisation in Province Orientale, Medair has provided relief and recovery in the country since 1997. 

Where We Help
Orientale Province

Medair brings relief in the Bas-Uélé district – an area battling chronic underdevelopment, poverty, and ongoing insecurity caused by armed groups. Medair also works in South Ituri district and is scaling up our response in North Kivu – home to the largest internally displaced population in the country (more than 850,000 people).

Our Projects
Emergency Primary Health Care

We provide essential health care to displaced families and host communities in Province Orientale and North Kivu. We aim to save lives, reduce sickness, and improve the quality and availability of health care in D.R. Congo through:

  • Free or heavily subsidised access for the most vulnerable
  • Support and training of local health professionals
  • Vaccines, treatment of STDs and other diseases, and antenatal and postnatal care
  • Medical and/or psychosocial treatment for survivors of sexual violence
  • Health promotion, including family planning and exclusive breastfeeding

WASH : Where it Matters Most

Medair improves access to safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) in health clinics in Orientale and North Kivu through:

  • Building the capacity of staff in hygiene and solid waste management
  • Upgrading facilities
  • Constructing waste pits
  • Promoting hygiene among patients and local staff
  • Improving access to and safeguarding safe drinking water

Building Bridges

Until recently, aid agencies could not easily reach the isolated region of Ango Territory due to poor infrastructure. Medair opened up vital humanitarian access to 250,000 residents through the construction and restoration of almost 80 bridges, culverts, and roads over the last four years. These bridges allow for heavy aid trucks to enter the region so that local economies can improve and displaced peoples can receive the essential services they need.

Source: Brookings-LSE, Project on Internal Displacement, 2014

Core Activities

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    Health & Nutrition

    When crisis strikes, health risks multiply. Families suffer from preventable diseases. Children are weakened from malnutrition. Everyone needs health care and nutrition—especially during crisis.

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    Water, Sanitation, & Hygiene

    WASH saves lives by stopping the spread of disease. In a crisis, few things are more important than safe water, sanitary latrines, and good hygiene.
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    Shelter and Infrastructure

    Safe shelter is at the very core of human survival and dignity. Infrastructure like roads, bridges, schools, and clinics help communities recover from crisis and build a better future.

For media: Click here to download the press kit about our activities in D.R. Congo