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Ebola response

After more than a decade of devastating civil war, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) faces the threats of the Ebola virus, food shortages and now coronavirus.

Why CAFOD works in DRC

The World Health Organization declared an Ebola global health emergency in July 2019 which only drew to a close in June 2020. A new outbreak was confirmed in February 2021. Coronavirus has brought another new illness to deal with alongside existing ones.

The country is also experiencing severe food shortages and the World Food Programme (WFP) has identified DRC as one of the places most at risk of a hunger pandemic. Our network of local aid experts are helping to reach the most vulnerable with essential support.

Our work in DRC

With your donations, we are:

  • Working with faith leaders to raise awareness about coronavirus through TV and radio - helping more families survive the pandemic.

  • Providing emergency food, water and housing to families who have fled fighting and are vulnerable to coronavirus.

  • Helping to ensure peace by funding reconciliation programmes, as well as providing practical and psychological support for victims of rape and other violence. 

  • Supporting communities to rebuild their lives after war and Ebola. Your support means will be there to help communities heal after the coronavirus crisis as well.

News from DRC


Democratic Republic of Congo: Elections, Humanitarian Crisis and Ebola outbreak

As a result of violent clashes in the central Kasai region and other areas, 13 million people now urgently require humanitarian assistance; almost 800,000 children are severely malnourished. The resurgence of Ebola in Bikoro in the north-western part of the country, is the tip of the iceberg that is the humanitarian catastrophe in Democratic Republic of the Congo.


What we do

CAFOD is the official aid agency for the Catholic Church in England and Wales.

With your help, we reach out to people living in hard-to-reach places, in war zones and those who are discriminated against.