Ebola DRC Crisis Appeal
The Ebola virus broke out in August 2018 in the DR Congo. Recently it reached the bustling city of Goma (near the border with Rwanda) in eastern DR Congo, where about two million people live.
On 17 July the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the Ebola outbreak in the country a global health emergency. Since August 2018, the latest WHO figures show that there have been more than 2,600 infected cases and 1,800 deaths, making this outbreak the second-worst in history.
What is CAFOD doing to help the Ebola crisis?
CAFOD have already pledged £80,000 to our local experts to allow them to scale up and run urgently needed awareness-raising campaign with 28 community groups. This will break down some of the barriers preventing people from accessing health services, or understanding what to do if someone is suspected of having Ebola virus symptoms.
The Archbishop of Bukavu met our director, Christine Allen, and said, “through the expansive local Catholic Church network there is a lot they can do to prevent the disease from spreading. The Church is able to get prevention messages out to parishes, through schools, and via their community radio stations. It is a massive challenge, but working together we can tackle the myths and save lives."
What can you do to help?
At the moment, there is no sign of the Ebola outbreak stopping and people continue to be diagnosed each week. You can help by donating to our Ebola Crisis appeal and supporting our local experts who are already helping those most in need.
CAFOD work with our local experts to respond to emergencies as soon as they happen, we’re already working within the communities when disaster strikes so we know how best to help those most in need. Because of our global presence we can respond quickly to emergencies that don’t make the news but still affect entire communities. An unreported emergency is still life-shattering for those living through it. But we can only respond through your kind gifts.
To support our Emergency Response Team all year round you can set up a monthly direct debit to ensure we always have the funds available to reach those most in need when disaster strikes.
For more information on the Ebola Crisis, read our news story.
(In the unlikely event that we raise more funds than we need, we’ll direct your donation to other emergencies which need support)
Donate to the Ebola DRC Crisis Appeal
£19 could provide enough hand sanitiser to keep someone clean and safe for three months. Essential to avoid picking up or spreading the virus.Donate £19
£47 could provide this simple system which keeps a family or office safe from infection by keeping their hands clean.Donate £47
£79 could provide a health expert with a safe way to monitor people’s temperatures, detect the first symptoms of Ebola and monitor victims of the virus.Donate £79