Democratic Republic of the Congo Appeal
Humanitarian Action for Children
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provides conflict- and disaster-affected children with access to water, sanitation, nutrition,
education, health and protection services. Return to main appeal page.
Democratic Republic of the Congo snapshot
The multi-dimensional crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is characterized by recurrent armed conflicts, severe food insecurity, nutrition crises, displacement and disease outbreaks. The humanitarian situation remains particularly concerning in the conflict-affected provinces of North Kivu, South Kivu, Ituri, Kasaï, Kasaï-Central and Kasaï-Oriental.
In 2020, nearly 15.9 million people will be in need of humanitarian assistance, including 8.59 million children. In 2019, over 17,000 cases of cholera have been recorded, with further outbreaks expected in 2020, and a nationwide measles epidemic was declared in 121 health zones. The Ebola outbreak is the world’s second largest in history, with over 3,000 confirmed cases, including more than 900 children. Nearly 13.3 million people will experience crisis levels of acute food insecurity by 2020, and more than 1 million children under 5 years will suffer from severe acute malnutrition (SAM). Some 7.1 million persons – including internally displaced persons, returnees and members of host communities – will require access to emergency water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services.
The situation is compounded by violations of children’s rights, including lack of access to education, forced recruitment by armed groups and sexual abuse. In emergency zones, 47 per cent of survivors of gender-based violence are children. Nearly 7 million children aged 5 to 17 are out of school; 53 per cent of these children are girls.
Key planned results for 2020
817,900 children aged 6 to 59 months affected by SAM admitted for treatment
965,000 children aged 6 months to 14 years vaccinated against measles
359,000 children aged 6 to 17 years accessing formal or non-formal education
Funding requirements for 2020
In 2020, within the framework of the UNICEF Democratic Republic of the Congo Humanitarian and Resilience Strategy, UNICEF will provide humanitarian assistance through a timely, coordinated and integrated multi-sectoral package of support delivered primarily in regions 10 facing recurrent population displacement and epidemics.
UNICEF will continue to be among the first responders to the Ebola outbreak (see the separate appeal for Ebola preparedness and response). UNICEF's operations will be led by 11 field offices to enable wide coverage and quality programming across the country, and provide cash-based interventions when appropriate. The UNICEF Rapid Response, a new life-saving programme and strategy, will target areas affected by shocks and displacement in North Kivu, South Kivu, Tanganyika and Ituri, using gender-sensitive multi-sectoral interventions. This programme will also contribute to the elimination of cholera in priority areas.
Screening, referral and treatment for children with SAM will be complemented by WASH interventions in health facilities and communities. Child protection services will include the provision of psychosocial support, early learning, early stimulation and play activities for vulnerable children, adolescents and/or survivors of sexual violence. UNICEF will continue to lead the WASH, nutrition and education clusters at the national and decentralized levels, co-lead the cash working group in Goma and lead the non-food items and child protection subclusters. UNICEF will continue to promote capacity building for local and international non-governmental organizations and support national authorities to reach more persons in need.
Find out more about UNICEF's work
Humanitarian Action is at the core of UNICEF’s mandate to realize the rights of every child. This edition of Humanitarian Action for Children – UNICEF’s annual humanitarian fundraising appeal – describes the ongoing crises affecting children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo; the strategies that we are using to respond to these situations; and the donor support that is essential in this response.