On August 1st, 2018, an Ebola outbreak was declared in Eastern DR Congo.
This is the 10th Ebola outbreak in DR Congo, declared just one week after the ninth was declared over 2,500km (1,553.43 miles) west in Equateur Province, adding to an already challenging humanitarian situation in the country.
As of January 13th, there have been:
The current Ebola outbreak started just north of Beni. The shaded, dark green areas are where Medair works.
Medair supports over 60 health facilities in Eastern DR Congo, with Health, Nutrition, Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH), and related interventions.
Our first priority is to ensure suspected Ebola cases can be safely identified, isolated and referred at these health centers, in order to:
Ensure suspected Ebola patients receive timely care
Prevent further spread of Ebola
Enable affected populations to continue to access quality primary health care in a safe environment
Beginning with areas where the risk is highest, Medair is ensuring supported health centers are equipped to triage patients at the center’s entrance before isolating suspected Ebola cases in a temporary isolation area, while arranging for referral.
Health center staff are trained on how to consistently implement screening, isolation and referral without exposing themselves or other patients to the risk of being infected with the Ebola virus.
In addition to supporting health centers covered by existing projects, Medair is working in five new health centers located in high risk areas. Our support includes infection prevention and control (IPC) measures and WASH support in the health facilities and surrounding communities.
Medair’s Global Emergency Response Team Mobilized
Medair sent members of its Global Emergency Response Team to DR Congo to provide technical expertise and surge capacity, as well as added local personnel on the ground. We are leveraging our experience responding to the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone (2014 – 2016).
What can I do to help?
We are very grateful for your support! You can help by:
praying for affected communities and organizations on the ground
raising awareness about this crisis within your family, friends and community
making a donation; your gift will be allocated to the Ebola outbreak in DR Congo and future Medair emergency responses around the world.