Contribution to the IFRC Revised Emergency Appeal: DRC Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak
The operation aims to contribute to preventing and reducing morbidity and mortality resulting from the Ebola virus disease in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) .
? - Improved early detection mechanisms of resurgence of Ebola through integrated community-based health interventions
? - The psychosocial effect of the epidemic is reduced through direct support to affected population
? - Social mobilization, risk communication and community engagement and accountability activities are conducted to limit the spread and impact of Ebola
? - Targeted health facilities with improved IPC (Infection, Prevention and Control) practices and protocols
? - Communities in high-risk areas of the country are prepared to detect and respond to Ebola
? - The spread of Ebola is limited by disinfection of affected houses and safe burial of the dead under optimal cultural and security conditions
? - The spread of Ebola is limited by hand washing campaign in affected provinces
? - Communities identify the needs of the most vulnerable and particularly disadvantaged and marginalised groups, as a result of inequality, discrimination and other non-respect of
their human rights and address their distinct Needs.
Overall, the program aims for 400,000 people to be assisted for emergency health intervention for 6 months.
With the Austrian contribution of 100,000 EUR approximately up to 5,900 people can be reached.
The local implementing partner is the DRC Red Cross . The intervention takes place in those health zones of the Province of Equateur which are affected by the outbreak– (Wangata, Bikoro and Iboko) and four neighbouring provinces (Sud Ubangi, Mongala, Tshuapa, Mai-Ndombe).
With the Austrian contribution of 100,000 EUR approximately up to
• 5,900 people can be reached with the following WASH activities:
o household disinfection
o safe and dignified burial and decontamination
o hand washing campaigns
• 5,900 people can be supported through the following health activities:
o Enhanced early detection through community based tracing system implementation
o Plan and implement improved Infection, Prevention and Control (IPC) practices and protocols
On 8 May 2018, the Ministry of Health (MoH) of the Democratic Republic of the Congo reported two suspected cases of Ebola virus disease in the health zone of Bikoro in the province of Equateur. The event was initially reported on 3 May 2018 by the Provincial health authorities following a cluster of 21 cases of an undiagnosed illness, involving 17 community deaths.
As of 9 June 2018, a total of 66 cases and 28 deaths have been reported. This is the ninth Ebola outbreak in the country, and the first in the province of Equateur. The Equateur province has a population of approximately 2.5 million people spread over an area of approximately 103 902 km2. Vigilance against the outbreak spreading to other areas in the province, to neighbouring provinces and potentially into neighbouring countries is important due to potential population movement, limited detection and safe treatment capacity as well as existing cultural practices that may pose risks.