Public health needs in North Kivu
In the North Kivu region, particularly around Goma, approximately 600,000 displaced people are living in desperate conditions. People on the move lack access to adequate food, shelter, and protection, leaving them vulnerable to malnutrition and violence.
The camps are overwhelmed and ill-equipped to handle the massive influx of people, with basic necessities severely lacking such as clean water, sanitation facilities, and healthcare. The overcrowded and unsanitary conditions in these camps pose a significant risk to public health, with outbreaks of diseases such as cholera and measles becoming common.
Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) teams are providing essential medical care, including emergency interventions, disease treatment, and mental health support, to the displaced population, while advocating for improved access to healthcare services and increased humanitarian aid. However, our teams are witnessing alarming rates of malnutrition and mortality, emphasising the urgent need for increased assistance.