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.
DRC: Première Urgence Internationale vaccinate 32,500 children against measles
The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is still plagued by several deadly viral epidemics, including COVID-19 and the Ebola virus disease. Première Urgence Internationale is participating in the emergency health response to curb these two epidemics, and continues, at the same time, its vaccination campaign against measles in the provinces of Kasai and central Kasai. Between April and May 2020, more than 32,500 children were vaccinated against this deadly and highly contagious disease.
In the DRC, the Ebola outbreak isn’t over: we continue our response
While the whole world is facing the COVID-19 pandemic, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is still fighting against another deadly epidemic. Just before it should have been declared officially ended on the 12th of April, a new fatality was attributed to the Ebola virus disease on the 9th of April, proving that this 20-month outbreak has not been overcome yet. Première Urgence Internationale keeps working on prevention and awareness activities, to mitigate the spread of the Ebola virus and fight against this deadly disease.