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European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations

Supporting the COVID-19 vaccination rollout in remote areas of DRC

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected communities across the globe, including remote communities in Africa.

With vaccines becoming available, the EU is making sure that they reach the most remote villages, including those in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

We are supporting our humanitarian partner Malteser International, which has been working in the area for more than a decade. Malteser International assists local health systems for the rollout of Covid-19 vaccination.

Its community-based strategies have been crucial in improving people’s confidence in local health systems. This approach, together with flexible logistical and financial support, prove again to be successful for the COVID-19 vaccination campaign – which has been very challenging in the country.

This experience shows that even is some of the most remote parts of crisis-affected districts, structural and emergency work can be of mutual benefit.

The project is part of the EU’s humanitarian initiative of allocating €100 million in support of the rollout of covid-19 vaccination in Africa. The initiative was announced last year by the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, in cooperation with the Africa Centres for Disease Control (AfCDC).

Story by EU Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations.