Thousands of children are at risk as the Democratic Republic of the Congo faces the second largest Ebola outbreak in history.
They are among 7.5 million children in urgent need of assistance as families across the country face violence, disease, and chronic hunger every day.
The Ebola outbreak in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo has reached record levels, with more than 2,360 reported cases and 1,504 deaths since the outbreak began in 2018. If not contained, the virus can spread rapidly, putting many more children’s lives at risk.
On top of this, over 1.4 million children are already suffering from severe acute malnutrition as constant conflict and displacement leave children and families vulnerable to the ongoing nutrition crisis. They are among 12.8 million people facing severe food insecurity.
Devastating violence in the country affects every area of children’s lives. Millions of children have been forced to flee their homes. Schools and hospitals have been destroyed and children are frequently forced into armed conflict. They face unspeakable violence and a lack of food, health care and clean water.
How will my donation help children?
Your support will help provide life-saving food, clean water, education and protection for children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo who desperately need it. It will also help Unicef to work with communities and provide sanitation supplies to ensure that diseases such as Ebola don’t spread.
Through UNICEF’s nutrition interventions, more than 220,000 children with severe acute malnutrition were admitted for therapeutic care in 2018. Additionally, nearly 717,000 children were vaccinated against measles, a disease that thrives in displaced communities. Thanks to support from people like you, Unicef has also helped children to return to school, as well as receive protection and psychosocial care so that they can recover from unspeakable violence and begin to build a brighter future.
But we simply don’t have enough funds to reach every child that needs us right now. Many children still desperately need our help.
Your support will help us reach more children before it’s too late.
Donating by phone
If you’re in the UK and would prefer to make a donation by phone, you can call our dedicated donation line: 0300 034 9993
Please donate today and help the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s children now.
For the first 12 months, all donations made to this appeal will go to the Ebola relief effort in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan, Uganda, Burundi and Rwanda. After that they will go to our Children’s Emergency Fund. In the unlikely event that the funds raised exceed Unicef’s funding requirements for this appeal, your one off or monthly gift will go to our Children’s Emergency Fund, helping children caught in wars and disasters around the world.