In the DRC, Martin Fayulu commits to raise funds against the coronavirus
Two weeks after the first Covid-19 case was reported, the toll continues to rise in the DRC. A state of health emergency was declared on Tuesday March 24 by the head of state Félix Tshisekedi. To finance the response, calls for national solidarity are launched. Former presidential candidate Martin Fayulu has called for the creation of a dedicated national fund.
With our correspondent in Kinshasa, Ligodi patient
Martin Fayulu announces a major campaign, he says, which will accompany this fundraising campaign. He promises to get personally involved in a big mobilization. He denies carrying out this action for political needs. It is for this, he maintains, that he chose to approach Caritas, whose experience and credibility for humanitarian needs have already proven themselves in the DRC.
For its part, Caritas explains that the money that will be collected, after consulting the government’s program, will be used for food aid for vulnerable people, especially those who are in quarantine and the most fragile during the confinement period. Part of the money should also go to water, hygiene and sanitation programs. But the urgency remains with mobilization to break the chain of contamination.
$ 1.8 million
For his part, Félix Tshisekedi also, on the same day, launched an appeal for national solidarity from all Congolese and foreign economic operators. The money raised should be used to set up a national solidarity fund against coronavirus.
The Congolese government has put in the pot $ 1.8 million in the fight, which seems insufficient compared to the magnitude of current and future needs. He openly declared that he was preparing to open discussions with some of his financial partners to respond to the challenge imposed by the pandemic.