Preventing cholera is our absolute number-one priority. In some areas right now there are over 200 people for every one latrine, and 700 people sharing a single hand-washing station. The combination of poor sanitation like this and a shortage of clean water makes water-borne disease a very real threat.
We have the chance to make a real difference here and prevent a very serious situation from becoming worse. We’re throwing everything we have at it.
Mark Dwyer, our Democratic Republic of Congo Country Director. Mercy Corps is working around the clock to provide aid and prevent a cholera outbreak among thousands of people who have fled their homes to escape the recent conflict.