Democratic Republic of the Congo
Since the peace agreement in 2002, the Democratic Republic of the Congo has recovered with difficulty from the war which begun in the 1990s as well as the consequences of a prolonged economic and social slump. The political climate has been particularly tightened since the death of the historic opponent Etienne Tshisekedi in February, 2017.
In Tanganyika, the violence and particularly sexual violence became standard, the armed conflicts took intensity anew, forcing the populations to run away and heavily impacting on the agricultural system. At the end of 2016, 1,7 million people were internally displaced in the country. Furthermore, many tensions occur between local populations and Central African refugees.
Description of the mission
Première Urgence Internationale has intervened in the Democratic Republic of the Congo since 2001. The NGO is a historical leader in the coordination of displaced people camps and has a strong experience in the setting up of economic renewal programs (cash transfer) and in the improvement of food security.
The mission is currently deployed in South Ubangui, in Tanganyika, in North Kivu and in Kinshasa. It also intervened in South Kivu and in the Orientale Province. The association has launched its health program in Kinshasa in 2016 with a focus on prevention and the care of reproductive and sexual health for the young vulnerable populations.
Premiere Urgence Internationale in action
In Tanganyika, Première Urgence Internationale provides an aid in health and in nutrition. The NGO supports health centers and assures free access to healthcare by providing them with medicines and equipment. The teams organize professional training for the staff to track down and the handling of children victims of severe malnutrition.
The mobile clinics of the association allow local people and displaced people to have access to primary healthcare. Furthermore, the teams take care of the victims of sexual violence which are very numerous in the area. In North Kivu, the mission is currently managing six camps. An agricultural renewal program dedicaded the most vulnerable host populations has been set up. Prevention activities are lead in Kinshasa in order to fight against AIDS virus.
MEASLES IN THE DRC: IDENTIFY THE FIRST SYMPTOMS TO RESPOND AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE
The Democratic Republic of the Congo is facing a large-scale measles epidemic. In the DRC in 2019, 6,000 people died from this disease. It remains one of the leading causes of death among young children, despite the availability of a safe and effective vaccine. Première Urgence Internationale is working in the Kasaï and Kasaï-Central provinces to help with the care, the response, and the training of medical staff and community supporters.
Ebola: Première Urgence Internationale re-opens its base in Goma (DRC)
In February 2019, in response to the propagation of an Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the province of North Kivu, Première Urgence Internationale decided to re-open its base in Goma in order to prepare the arrival of a response team. Our enlightenment with Céline Morin, emergency operations manager at Première Urgence Internationale, back after one month in the field.