Apart from the water flowing directly through the taps in Bulengo, Elohim, and Lushagala, we distribute around 800,000 liters of clean water per day to trucks that come directly to the station to fetch the water. Yet the population in the camps continues to live on just five liters of water a day, even though we have the capacity to treat more water,” says Ngandu. In a context in which the water supply system installed by MSF was set as an emergency response, it is urgent that other humanitarian actors and Congolese authorities do more to improve access to water and hygiene in the camps in Goma, particularly through the construction of more sustainable infrastructures such as piping systems, and the installation of water treatment plants.
MSF teams also distribute water by trucking in Rusayo, Shabindu, Munigi, and Kanyaruchinya displacement camps. In Rusayo, the recent installation of a third platform capable of distributing up to 200,000 liters of water per day has brought relief to some of the camp's residents. "Our objective is to distribute 600,000 liters of water per day thanks to these three platforms," explains MSF watsan supervisor Nathan Muhindo. North of the city of Goma, MSF teams have also distributed 320 million liters of water in the Kanyaruchinya camp since July 2022, and are currently exploring and drilling in the Munigi camp to plan the installation of a more sustainable water distribution system.
MSF teams intervene in camps for internally displaced people around Goma, providing free medical care, supplying drinking water, and building latrines and showers to respond to the most urgent needs. MSF has also responded to the cholera and measles epidemics in the camps through medical care and organising vaccination campaigns. In North Kivu, MSF continues to provide free essential medical care in the health zones of Rutshuru, Kibirizi, Bambo, Binza, Mweso, Masisi, and Walikale.
* Please note the last name of some sources in this article have been omitted to protect the identity of our patients.