Democratic Republic of the Congo
Since the 2002 peace agreement and the official end of the war that started in the 1990s, the DRC has been shaken by several armed conflicts between militias and armed groups. The country is also experiencing a prolonged economic and political downturn. In November 2015, United Nations estimated that 7 million people in the country were in need of humanitarian aid; amongst these figures were 1.5 million displaced people and 4.2 million children. In terms of food security, the situation is dire. Besides this, ethnic tensions and issues over access to land have caused tension, particularly in the Masisi and Rutshuru territories, the areas where our teams have been working in the North Kivu province.
Description of the mission
In North Kivu, Première Urgence Internationale has always led the coordination of camps for displaced people, and has a great deal of experience in the management of programmes for boosting the economy and improving food security. In South Kivu, the NGO has endeavoured to provide support to primary and secondary health systems, assistance for those with AIDS and victims of sexual violence.
In Equateur, operations go from improving food security to managing health programmes by way of repairing roads, transporting humanitarian aid or boosting economic recovery.
In Katanga, Première Urgence Internationale has supported several health centres by providing them with medicines and equipment, by training their staff and by rehabilitating their infrastructure. Our teams are also busy managing malnutrition and have led operations in food distribution and cash transfers.
In order to consolidate a strategic approach within the country and to strengthen Première Urgence Internationale’s capacities, work in the three provinces (Katanga, Equateur and North Kivu) were combined in October 2014, creating a country coordination team in Kinshasa supporting the different area coordinators.
Premiere Urgence Internationale in action
In Tanganyika, Première Urgence Internationale provides health and nutrition assistance: it supports health centres and hospitals in targeted areas to offer free health care, train staff, supply medicine and equipment, set up mobile clinics, screen for children with severe acute malnutrition and then manage this. Our teams also manage victims of sexual violence by ensuring that medical staff have received necessary training and creating support groups.
In North Kivu, the mission is currently looking after the coordination of twelve camps. They ensure the registration of displaced people in the camps, identify families ready to return home, reinforce mechanisms for community management and information management, coordinate and support the management of assistance from local partners.
In Equateur, our teams are working on the building of livelihoods and food security of refugees from the Central African Republic and host populations through various activities: supporting revenue-generating activities for one hundred households; distributing kits; agriculture, fishing and farming training; and distributing household items.