CHILDREN UNDER 5 TREATED
CHILDREN UNDER 5 RECIVED MALARIA CARE
PEOPLE TREATED FOR CHOLERA
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the second largest country in Africa, is faced with a precarious health situation that requires medical and humanitarian support. Rich in natural resources, the DRC has been center stage for conflicts since the early 1990s. This gave rise to the substantial displacement of people and led to the destruction of health care facilities and public services. Cholera, measles and malaria epidemics are common throughout the entire country. The infant mortality rate of the country – 71 deaths per 1,000 – is one of the highest in the world.
ALIMA has been working in Katanga province since late 2013 through RUSH, an emergency intervention team. The team was designed to address epidemics such as cholera and other epidemiological emergencies (measles, malaria), and improve sanitary conditions and access to potable water.
RUSH also ensures epidemiological monitoring in 68 health zones. When there is an
epidemic, it deploys an evaluation mission within 72 hours to assess
the needs and launch an intervention.
In 2016, RUSH led nine investigatory missions from 31 alerts and launched four interventions in Moba, Kalemie/Nyemba, Kinkondja and Kilwa health zones, including emergency interventions to combat cholera, measles, and malaria. The medical teams treated 25,300 patients, of which 23,140 suffered from malaria.
Following an increase in the average annual number of cholera cases reported
in the provinces along the Congo river, ALIMA launched an
intervention in the Maniema and Tshopo provinces in November
and December which enabled nearly 500 patients to be treated.