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Democratic Republic of Congo

Why are we There?

  • Armed conflict
  • Endemic/epidemic disease
  • Healthcare exclusion

Our Work


  • Médecins Sans Frontières continued to respond to the humanitarian consequences of conflict in the eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), as well as to outbreaks of disease across the country.
  • While on an exploratory mission in July, Chantal, Philippe, Richard and Romy, four Congolese MSF staff, were abducted by an armed group during an attack on Kamango, North Kivu. At the time of writing, a dedicated team is still actively searching for them.
  • In 2013, measles epidemics continued to proliferate. Some health zones were overwhelmed by the number of cases, and Médecins Sans Frontières launched emergency campaigns, vaccinating more than 1.2 million children aged between six months and 15 years. 


North Kivu

  • A health centre in Mugunga III camp for displaced people provided basic healthcare, dressings and aftercare for victims of sexual violence.
  • A team focused on cholera prevention and treatment in Goma
  • In the hospital in Rutshuru territory – a region controlled by M23 rebels until they were forced to pull out in October – Médecins Sans Frontières continued to offer comprehensive healthcare, including surgery, intensive and emergency care, and treatment for victims of sexual violence.
  • In Masisi, Médecins Sans Frontières provides full support to the general hospital and to two health centres in Masisi and Nyabiondo.
  • The Kitchanga project closed mid-year. The mental health and sexual violence programmes were absorbed into the Mweso-based project, which also took over activities in Mpati and Bibwe. Other activities were handed over to Merlin.
  • Security incidents caused the suspension of the Mweso project twice in 2013.
  • Basic healthcare, including the prevention of, and response to, epidemic outbreaks, and integrated psychosocial care were provided in Pinga. A security threat caused the suspension of the project there in July and activities had not resumed by year’s end.
  • In March, an emergency measles vaccination campaign in Vuhovi reached more than 51,000 children. 


South Kivu

  • South Kivu hosted more than 800,000 displaced people in 2013, most of them in the Kalehe and Shabunda territories, where Médecins Sans Frontières provides basic and specialist healthcare in Kalonge, Shabunda and Matili hospitals and in 15 health centres in the surrounding areas.
  • In Fizi territory, Médecins Sans Frontières provides comprehensive basic and specialist healthcare, including surgery, reproductive health services, neonatal treatment, prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, tuberculosis and cholera treatment, vaccinations, nutritional support and sexual violence aftercare at Baraka and Lulimba hospitals and six health centres.
  • In addition, Médecins Sans Frontières supports two permanent cholera treatment centres (CTCs). 
  • Six cholera interventions were carried out in the province, more than 160,000 children were vaccinated against measles, and in Lemera over 100 people were vaccinated against rabies.
  • During the malaria outbreak, 64,000 patients were treated in Fizi and 43,000 in the isolated Shabunda area. 



  • Médecins Sans Frontières treats children in the paediatric unit of Kabalo hospital and 15 peripheral health centres, mainly for malaria.
  • As a result of a measles outbreak in Kabalo, Médecins Sans Frontières provided hospital treatment and undertook a targeted vaccination campaign.
  • A nutritional survey indicated extensive malnourishment, one inpatient and three outpatient feeding centres were opened.
  • In April, Médecins Sans Frontières completed a cholera intervention in Lubumbashi that had begun the previous November. Teams responded to cholera outbreaks in Kaiseng and Lukanzola and vaccinated over 150,300 children against measles in Moba.  
  • A project in Kalemie aimed at reducing cholera was suspended in November after two consecutive attacks on Médecins Sans Frontières. A cholera vaccination campaign was also cancelled.



  • In Geti, South Irumu, Médecins Sans Frontières continued to support the health centre
  • Violent clashes between government and rebel forces in August caused massive population displacement in the area, and from September, Médecins Sans Frontières supported the maternity unit and operating theatre of Geti hospital to guarantee adequate healthcare for an increasing number of patients. 
  • Médecins Sans Frontières also ran two mobile clinics, improved water and hygiene for displaced people, distributed 10,000 relief kits and conducted two measles vaccination campaigns.
  • The organisation continued to work in the emergency department at Dingila hospital, and with Ministry of Health staff, screened and treated people for sleeping sickness at Ganga-Dingila and Ango, Bas-Uélé. 



  • The HIV programme based at Kabinda hospital has been increasingly decentralised and a community-based programme manages the distribution of antiretroviral (ARV) medication to stabilised patients. 


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Médecins Sans Frontières has been working in the country since 1981 and at the end of 2014, Médecins Sans Frontières had 2,999 staff in the Democratic Republic of Congo.