IRC Responds to Cholera Outbreak in Congo
“Reported new cases have almost doubled over the past few weeks, rising from 315 during the last week of November to over 800 during the first week of December,” said Christopher Rae, program coordinator for the response team.
The outbreak is being attributed mainly to the lack of potable water in the region. During the rainy season, filth and waste from unsecured latrines is often washed into unprotected water sources, severely contaminating the water used by local residents.
Since its inception two years ago, the IRC emergency program has responded to over 150 crises in Congo and helped over one million people. Other agencies involved in the anti-cholera effort include the World Health Organization, Médecins Sans Frontières /Holland and UNICEF.