Affected by violent conflicts, natural disasters, epidemics, food insecurity, chronic poverty and structural deficiencies, the Democratic Republic of Congo is facing a humanitarian crisis that affects nearly 16 million people. These structural and cyclical causes have resulted in significant population movements, deterioration of the living conditions of the most vulnerable, non-respect of their fundamental rights and reduced access to basic services. While the provinces of North Kivu and Ituri, Kasai, South Kivu, Tanganyika and Kasai-Central in the east of the country are particularly affected, rapid and effective humanitarian action is needed throughout the country to meet humanitarian needs.
Present in the DRC since 2003, ACTED works mainly to respond to emergencies, strengthen the resilience of populations, co-construct efficient governance and promote an inclusive and sustainable growth.
Intervening today mainly in eight provinces, ACTED brings a flexible and adapted emergency response to acute and complex humanitarian crises by intervening with the most vulnerable populations. ACTED seeks to respond to their immediate needs in terms of access to shelter, food security, essential household items or access to water; while ensuring the promotion of a protective environment. In parallel, ACTED also works in a longer term approach through road and infrastructure rehabilitation, economic recovery projects and the prevention of gender-based violence. Finally, ACTED aims at supporting the structuring of civil society in partnership with 6 major national networks.
In the framework of its project in Bas-Uélé, ACTED organized a training for nurses and doctors with a psychologist. This training is based on the modalities of reception of GBV survivors, which aim at fostering a trusting relationship between health workers and patients, facilitating exchanges on the trauma they have suffered and providing them with initial emotional support. In addition to this psychological dimension, health workers attended a workshop on the use of post-rape kits and other possible medical prescriptions in cases of sexual violence, which was offered by provincial trainers from the National Reproductive Health Program (PNSR).