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Democratic Republic of the Congo: UN emergency funding to support post-Ebola response

08 Jun 2020


A health-care worker provides care to an Ebola patient (file photo). Credit: OCHA/Tommy Trenchard

United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock released US$40 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to help tackle health emergencies in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

The CERF funds will strengthen the DRC’s existing health services to enable follow-up support for Ebola survivors and establish community-based surveillance, alert and rapid response systems. They will also fund the delivery of food, shelter, water and sanitation support, and health, education and protection services. 

The CERF funding announcement came shortly after the Government of the DRC confirmed a new outbreak of the virus in Mbandaka, in the north-western province of Équateur.

The DRC is fighting a prolonged Ebola outbreak. More than 2,200 people have lost their lives to the virus since the outbreak started in the eastern Ituri, North-Kivu and South-Kivu provinces in August 2018.

In addition to Ebola, the DRC is battling a dangerous mix of health and humanitarian crises, including the world’s largest measles outbreak, massive internal displacement and insecurity, and the COVID-19 pandemic.

The $40 million allocation builds on an earlier $30 million to the DRC provided by CERF through its underfunded emergencies allocation window.