Where We Work

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Ebola Outbreak

We're responging to new cases of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.


Democratic Republic of the Congo is experiencing two separate outbreaks of Ebola Virus Disease, one in the northwestern province of Equateur, the second in North Kivu, hundreds of miles to the east. International Medical Corps has responded to both of these outbreaks and in September 2018 opened a new 20-bed Ebola Treatment Center (ETC) in Makeke, Ituri Province, which borders North Kivu. The ETC is co-managed by the Ministry of Health. Additionally, International Medical Corps has completed construction of several Ebola screening and referral units (SRU) that screen thousands of people each month for evidence of the Ebola virus.

The Ebola outbreaks compound an ongoing humanitarian crisis in the country caused by decades of violence that, together with hunger and disease, have claimed more than 5 million lives and left more than 13 million in urgent need of assistance. While a civil war officially ended years ago, the eastern areas of DRC remain one of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis zones. International Medical Corps is addressing humanitarian needs in Tanganyika, North Kivu and South Kivu provinces with activities focused on primary health care, nutrition and polio surveillance.

According to the United Nations, two million children under 5 are affected by severe acute malnutrition, a figure that represent 12 percent of the world’s caseload for that age group.

Violence among armed groups, communal enmity, land disputes and rampant sexual violence against women and children continue, especially in several areas of North Kivu. International Medical Corps began working in DRC in 1999 and in the years since has provided assistance to more than two million people. About 80 percent of those we have supported were displaced by the war. Today, we work in some of the country’s most remote and volatile areas, often where the presence of other international organizations is extremely limited or non-existent.


81.3 million

Internally Displaced Persons

4.5 million

Life Expectancy



The Challenges

Weak Health Care Systems

Years of conflict, war and instability have devastated health systems

Sexual and Gender-Based Violence

1.5 million people are in need of protection services


Four million people will suffer from malnutrition this year

Lack of Clean Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

High number of deaths from preventable diseases like cholera, malaria, polio and measles

Our Response


International Medical Corps currently supports 64 clinics and hospitals in health zones of North Kivu, Tanganyika and South Kivu, providing essential drugs, medical supplies, training, and referral and transfer of patients who need specialized care. Our beneficiaries include internally displaced people, Congolese refugees returning home and vulnerable host populations. Given the considerable gaps in primary health care services in International Medical Corps’ area of intervention, we focus on providing a comprehensive and integrated primary care package, including immunization campaigns, advancement of maternal and child health, and improved environmental sanitation and hygiene practices at targeted health facilities. More than 75% of malaria, pneumonia and diarrhea cases in International Medical Corps-supported facilities are successfully treated; we continue to support capacity-building within these health centers to ensure that treatment quality remains high.

Sexual Violence Prevention and Treatment

Since 2002, International Medical Corps has helped lead the battle against widespread GBV in war-ravaged eastern DRC. Our complementary USAID-funded Care, Access, Safety & Empowerment (CASE) and Behavior Change Communications (BCC) projects take a comprehensive approach to addressing the needs of GBV survivors, while also preventing future cases by changing community attitudes around gender and violence. In three health zones in DRC, CASE has provided an estimated 36,962 people with increased access to quality medical, psychosocial, legal and livelihood services.

Currently International Medical Corps is implementing a GBV project in collaboration with the International Rescue Committee funded by the World Bank through Fonds Social of the DRC. The project is being carried out in North and South Kivu in five health zones: Minova, Shabunda, Lulingu, Kirotshe and Binza.

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)

As many health facilities in DRC lack running water, latrines and other basic sanitation services, International Medical Corps works with health centers to construct and rehabilitate water sources and install rain water catchment systems. To ensure the sustainability of these efforts, our staff establish local water and sanitation committees and educate villagers on the proper maintenance and storage of water and sanitation supplies and sources.

Our Impact

community members trained in health education
health facilities supported



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