Congo Needs $4M to Continue Cholera Response

The cholera epidemic in Congo has yet to subside, but humanitarian agencies fear response activities would stop if funding for the disease is unmet.

Aid groups estimate Congo needs at least $4 million to maintain the cholera response in the country, specifically in the provinces of Equateur, Bandundu, Kinshasa and Orientale.

“We are in the rainy season — a period which increases the risk of propagation,” said Yvon Edoumou, spokesman for the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Congo. “It is therefore important that aid groups continue the response.”

Cholera has killed 508 people and infected 17,500 in Congo just this year. Edoumou said the government and its development partners must provide clean water and proper sanitation to end the epidemic.

“Humanitarian response only comes to save lives in an emergency for a short while,” he said.

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  • Jenny Lei Ravelo

    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.