Democratic Republic of Congo | INTERSOS

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC

OF CONGO

INTERSOS INTERVENTION

In 2019, INTERSOS has continued to work in the eastern part of Democratic Republic of Congo, an area affected by an ongoing conflict that is generating massive population displacements. INTERSOS implemented activities in highly volatile areas of the country, where
people are in huge need of assistance. Our staff conducts protection monitoring within communities where there is a high potential of tension. Furthermore, food security and resilience project targeting farmers for better storage, production and selling in one of the most
vulnerable areas in South Kivu has been implemented. The mission also provided medical and psychosocial support to survivors of sexual gender-based violence, as well as nutrition assistance. Most of the activities developed in 2019 were emergency centred, but opened the way to more sustainable approaches, building individuals’, communities’ and systems’ resilience in order to reduce the negative impact of future crises.

We work in Democratic Republic of Congo since 2009.

 

Data 2019*

HIGHLIGHTS

165,305

women were trained in best cooking practices to reduce malnutrition for their children

15,025

women and new-born babies were treated for moderate malnutrition

13,833

children were treated for acute malnutrition

252

women benefited from fistula repair and survival kits for sexual gender-based violence survivors

CONTEXT

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is going through a long and complex humanitarian crisis that can now be considered chronic. 82% of the population still lives below the national poverty level and the per capita income is one of the lowest in the world. The succession of traumas in recent decades has intensified the humanitarian needs and vulnerability of the population, gradually increasing the percentage of those affected by violence, epidemics, acute and persistent malnutrition and food insecurity.
About 6.1 million people are severely affected by the impact of violence, conflict and natural disasters on a precarious socioeconomic infrastructure. 3.5 million people are in “food crisis” and need assistance; 2.9 million children need emergency education; 2.8 million people do not have access to water and sanitation; 2.1 million require emergency housing and essential goods. Common to all is the need for protection.

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