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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 the DRC

CAFOD is on the front line in the DRC, where the World Health Organization declared an Ebola global health emergency in July 2019 and 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 the 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.

How is coronavirus affecting the DRC?

Our work in the 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.

Survive, rebuild, heal

We have launched an urgent appeal to respond to the unprecedented global challenge of tackling the spread of coronavirus.