WASH in Humanitarian Assistance
The Corus family has also championed WASH as an integral part of our humanitarian response in the DRC. Renewed clashes in the DRC have forced hundreds of thousands of people out of their homes, worsening the already dire humanitarian crisis in North Kivu province. WASH needs are urgent across internally displaced person (IDP) sites, especially after a cholera outbreak was declared in December 2022 in the Nyiragongo health zone.
In response to critical WASH needs and to support cholera response efforts in displacement areas, Corus partners with fellow humanitarian actors to provide critical hygiene and sanitation inputs such as hand washing stations, latrines, showers and hygiene kits. Collaborating with WASH humanitarian clusters and health zone officials, we also promote awareness among IDPs and host communities on water management, sanitation practices and the prevention of the spread of cholera. Since February 2023, we have improved WASH for more than 50,000 IDPs, including 2,558 people living with disabilities. By increasing access to WASH for IDP and host community households in the Nyiragongo health zone, we are committed to reducing mortality and morbidity rates from waterborne diseases.