A great story of how #waterworks2018 responded to a cholera outbreak (DRC)

Cholera is an acute enteric infection caused by the ingestion of Vibrio choleraebacteria present in faecally contaminated water or food. It is primarily linked to insufficient access to safe water and adequate sanitation. Cholera is a potentially serious infectious disease and can cause high morbidity and mortality. It has the potential to spread rapidly, depending on the frequency of exposure, the population exposed, and the context.

Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is the third largest city in Africa with a population of approximately 12 million inhabitants. The city is characterized by a rapidly growing population driven by rural migration, leading to overcrowding and frequent occupation of flood plains that are not suitable for settlement, poor infrastructure, lack of adequate drainage and limited access to water and sanitation. These factors make Kinshasa particularly vulnerable to flooding and waterborne diseases, especially during the rainy season, which runs from November to June.

Since the end of November 2017, Kinshasa province has been facing an outbreak of cholera. From 25 November 2017 through 23 February 2018, 1065 cases including 43 deaths (case fatality rate = 4%) have been reported from 32 out of 35 health zones in Kinshasa province.

 “Congo’s main concern now is for the capital Kinshasa, a city of 12 million people with poor sanitation and lack of access to drinking water that facilitates the spread of the water-borne disease”.

The Bishop of Kinshasa sent an urgent request for the constructions of male and female toilets for students attending the new Bible School in Kinshasa.  The municipal authorities have requested the immediate construction of the toilets in order to meet building and health safety requirements. If they do not comply, not only will they jeapordise the health of the students due to lack of sanitation faciilities, but they also will risk official sanctions to their operations. A particular concern is for the women attending the Bible school, as they have more pressing and sensitive needs. 

Anglican Aid through Waterworks for a Thirsty World responded immediately by sending funds to commence the construction of the toilets in January 2018.  After receiving photos and project budget updates, the final amount was sent to complete the project.   The toilets are now used by the men and women at the Bible College and a school at the same compound. By supporting this emergency need, we have also supported public heath, educationa and leadership development.

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