KEY 2022 MEDICAL FIGURES
vaccinations against measles in response to an outbreak
people treated for sexual violence
Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is home to 5.7 million people who have been displaced. In 2022, increased levels of violence and disease outbreaks further deteriorated the humanitarian situation.
Fighting was concentrated in Rutshuru territory, North Kivu. While most humanitarian organizations left, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) supported health facilities to provide intensive care, surgery, treatment for malnutrition and care for survivors of sexual violence. We also ran mobile clinics, built latrines and distributed water and relief items in displacement sites.
As tens of thousands of people gathered in informal settlements near Goma, MSF launched an emergency response and called on the humanitarian community to take action. In August, when cholera was first reported, MSF organized an oral vaccination campaign, but a huge influx of new arrivals meant a cholera outbreak could not be prevented. For many weeks, our teams were the only healthcare providers responding to this emergency. We treated cholera patients and administered tens of thousands of oral cholera vaccinations in South Kivu and Kasai Oriental provinces.
In 2022, there was a country-wide flare-up in measles cases, with the disease reaching epidemic levels in nearly half of DRC’s health zones. Our teams carried out 45 measles responses and vaccinated over two million children. We also assisted the Ministry of Health’s responses to a meningitis outbreak in Haut-Uélé and two Ebola outbreaks in Equateur and North Kivu provinces.
MSF teams maintained our regular medical activities across DRC, including treatment for HIV, tuberculosis, malnutrition, sexual violence and malaria; sexual and reproductive health; safe abortion care; and mental health services and support to marginalized people, including street kids, people in prison and sex workers.