SITUATION REPORT | DR Congo | IOM COVID-19 RESPONSE | 1-15 April 2020

SITUATION REPORT | DR Congo | IOM COVID-19 RESPONSE | 1-15 April 2020

Published Date: 
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - 16:30

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) recorded its first COVID-19 case on 10th March 2020. As of 14 April 2020, a total of 254 COVID-19 cases and 20 deaths were confirmed by the Ministry of Health (MoH) with over 1,200 contacts listed. So far 30 health zones have been affected, across five provinces: North Kivu, Ituri, Kwilu, South Kivu and Kinshasa. Kinshasa has the highest number of cases with around 95 percent of the registered patients.

On 21 March, the Congolese government presented a Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan for the COVID-19 crisis in the country with a budget of 135 mln USD. Within the national coordination structure for prevention and response to COVID-19, IOM is engaged in Surveillance (PoE/PoC), Infection Prevention and Control, Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE) and Security. IOM remains committed to ensure that the 5,5 mln internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the DRC (source: HRP 2020) will be included in the national preparedness and public health plan.