Right now, the deadly Ebola virus is on the rise in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
More than 2,000 people have died*, and this number will increase if urgent action isn’t taken. Please donate today.
*Source: World Health Organization
DRC Ebola Crisis
Ebola cases are increasing. The World Health Organisation has declared the outbreak of this devastating disease a public health emergency of international concern. Thousands of people have been affected so far, a third of whom are children.
Families are struggling with the terrifying impact of Ebola. But increased understanding of how to prevent Ebola, seeking early treatment and good hygiene can effectively reduce the spread and lessen the impact of the crisis.
We urgently need your help
We’re working with faith leaders, teachers, media, youth and women’s associations to communicate life-saving information through schools and the wider community. Your gift today can help us to reach more communities who are facing this fearsome disease.
We’re also providing psychosocial support to children and families affected by the disease. Children suffer stigma or increased poverty when family members fall ill or die and are often left to shoulder family responsibilities.
If the international community doesn’t increase its support, we can expect the Ebola crisis to escalate. How many more people must die, families be torn apart or children orphaned?
Just five years ago more than 11,000 people were killed in the West Africa outbreak, and we’re on the brink of a second catastrophe on a similar level. World leaders cannot afford to wait until Ebola is threatening their own borders before acting.
- Moussa Sangara, World Vision’s Ebola Response Director in the DRC
Our teams are on the ground, distributing hygiene kits to communities that have been devastated by the outbreak. We’re also making water and sanitation available in schools, communities and health centres.
The situation is made even more difficult by the ongoing conflict that is displacing people from their homes. That’s why our work through our Channels of Hope programme is vital. Amid so much confusion, we’re building trust and training religious leaders to share key messages about the prevention and treatment of this deadly virus.
Your donation today will be life-changing to children and families caught up in this epidemic. Thank you for your support.
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