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DR Congo Ebola Crisis

On 25 August 2017, violence broke out in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. Since then, it is estimated that 430,000 people, including 225,652 children, have crossed the border into Bangladesh.

Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) is a land beset by crisis. Violent conflicts between various armed groups have resulted in 13 million people needing humanitarian assistance.

Now, children and communities in Eastern DR Congo have to contend with a new menace: the second largest Ebola outbreak in history. The World Health Organisation has counted 2,239 cases since August 2018, with 1,506 deaths. Around 30% of those infected are children.

The insecurity and constant movement of people caused by the conflicts has made it extremely challenging to monitor and control the spread of the disease; treatment centres have even been attacked, causing patients to flee and spread Ebola further.

World Vision has been working with trusted community members and leaders to prevent Ebola's spread. In particular, we are partnering closely with faith leaders, who have an in-depth understanding of their communities, know how to engage, build trust and cooperation. Educating children and families on treatment, vaccinations and handwashing can help reduce exposure. In addition, we are training community health workers and providing thousands of sanitation kits.

Help us fight back against the looming threat of Ebola in Eastern DR Congo before it claims even more lives.