CERF gives $750,000 in response to Ebola in DRC
26 September 2012: An outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has killed 32 people in Orientale Province in north-eastern Congo, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
There are another 82 suspected cases in the country.
Ebola is a highly contagious virus that causes massive internal bleeding and kills up to 90 per cent of its victims. The disease is spread through direct contact with the blood, saliva, sweat and other bodily fluids of affected people. Handling the corpses of those who have died from the disease and consuming meat from infected animals can also spread infection. There is no known cure for the virus.
CERF allocates $9 million to halt the spread of cholera in DRC
25 January 2012: More than 21,000 people have fallen sick and 580 have died due to cholera in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in the past year. Many more people have been indirectly impacted by the disease which has adversely affected agricultural and commercial activities, school attendance, family well-being and the livelihood resistance of households that are among the poorest in the world.
Significant efforts have been made during the last six months to curtail the spread of the epidemic and to treat affected individuals and communities.
While these efforts did mitigate the initial impact of the disease, the epidemic is reaching new geographic zones and resurging in areas where previously the epidemic showed signs of decline.
CERF in Action - Rapid Response
CERF in Action - Underfunded emergencies
With humanitarian needs increasing, CERF allocated some US$55 million for the second underfunded emergencies window in August 2012 to bolster operations in eight neglected humanitarian emergencies.
Allocations for Afghanistan, Cameroon, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Madagascar, Sri Lanka and Sudan bring the total amount provided by CERF for underfunded emergencies this year to more than $158 million.
Thirteen countries were given nearly $104 million in the first 2012 underfunded round in January 2012.