DR Congo: an unprecedented One Health project in the heart of an area at risk from new, emerging pandemics

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The Congolese people who live around the Kahuzi-Biega National Park share their homes with their livestock and go into the forest every day, where disease-carrying wild animals live. In doing so, they unwittingly expose themselves to zoonotic diseases that can be transmitted from animals to humans, which is how pandemics such as Covid-19 begin. This observation has prompted the consortium composed of Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium, Médecins du Monde and Action pour le Développement des Milieux Ruraux to develop an unprecedented One Health project to the east of this nature reserve in South Kivu.

Flooding in South Kivu: our campaign to bring relief to the victims

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In the night of 4 to 5 May 2023, an unprecedented flood ravaged Kalehe Territory in South Kivu, claiming more than 400 victims and destroying thousands of people’s homes. Thanks to our generous donors, we have been able to provide food aid to almost 300 people. A look back at that terrible night through the stories of three people caught up in the disaster.

Food distribution: a crucial boost for displaced families in Niger

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Between July and September 2022, our team in Niger organised three food distributions in the south-west of the country. More than 7,500 displaced people and their host families from agropastoral communities received food aid. Djibo Mazou Boubacar, who headed the operation, answered our questions a few months later, following a satisfaction survey.

“Pastoralism is the best way for people to meet their needs in Karamoja”

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In north-eastern Uganda, Karamojong pastoralists have been going through a difficult period since last summer. Drought combined with the impact of the war in Ukraine and insecurity has taken its toll on the most vulnerable. For our colleague Emmanuel Emaruk, pastoralism remains the best response to the challenges faced in Karamoja.

The plight of internally displaced livestock keepers in Burkina Faso

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For the past ten years, Burkina Faso has been the host country for hundreds of thousands of Malians fleeing from the insecurity in their country. Now, however, the population of Burkina Faso is also being forced to leave everything behind to escape from the violence. Hamado Ouedraogo, our Operations Director in Burkina Faso, explains how our teams help them, and how they continue their work in spite of everything in critical regions such as Sebba, Djibo and Dori.