Emergency medicines & supplies for immediate use

$165 $835
Raised Remaining
Mar 29, 2013

DRC Emergency Response

Dr. Conde, Aiding at Nord Kivu Mobile Clinic
Dr. Conde, Aiding at Nord Kivu Mobile Clinic

Merlin’s Emergency DRC Vaccination Response

Merlin has helped vaccinate more than one million children against measles over just one week across seven provinces in North Kivu, DR Congo. In a country where health systems are weak, sadly people often die from easily preventable diseases such as measles. Vaccination programs can greatly improve the health of vulnerable people and help tackle the spread of deadly diseases.

“Measles kills, especially amidst insecurity. But this can and must be avoided,” said Dr. Félix Kabange Numbi, Minister of Public Health in DR Congo. “We know that vaccinations can save children’s lives.”

Since the Goma conflict flared up in November last year, people’s lives, especially those of children have been at great risk. People have been forced to flee their homes, often without any food or money. To make matters worse, diseases such as measles, diarrhea, flu and malaria have spread quickly throughout North Kivu taking the lives of many.

According to UNICEF, measles outbreaks were reported in all 11 provinces of the DR Congo and over 2,000 children died from the disease in 2012. The fighting in 2012 caused measles cases to be six times higher than the previous year.

Determined and undaunted since the beginning of the crisis, Merlin worked fast to set up mobile health clinics in camps providing life-saving care for internally displaced people. Each day, Merlin health workers have been treating up to 170 patients for diseases such as malaria, diarrhea and respiratory infections in DR Congo. We are also screening and treating children for malnutrition.

Without your help, we wouldn't have been able to give the urgent emergency vaccination that thousands of people in DR Congo need. Your help will save lives. To help us ensure vulnerable people in DR Congo are protected from preventable diseases.

Merlin response in Goma.
Merlin response in Goma.
Merlin Measles Vaccination campaign, Goma, DRC
Merlin Measles Vaccination campaign, Goma, DRC

About Project Reports

Project Reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to globalgiving.org by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.

If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports via e-mail without donating or by subscribing to this project's RSS feed.

donate now:


Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

Still want to help?
Find another project in Somalia or in Disaster Recovery that needs your help.


Merlin USA

Washington, DC, United States

Project Leader

Andrea Miles

Washington, DC United States

Where is this project located?

Map of Emergency medicines & supplies for immediate use