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Six months later, the Ebola epidemic in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo is the second largest in history – the Democratic Republic of the Congo



With children who account for 30% of confirmed and probable Ebola cases, UNICEF ranks its response to stop the spread of the disease

KINSHASA / NEW YORK, January 30, 2019 – Of the latest Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) was declared six months ago on August 1, 2018, more than 740 people – 30 percent of whom were children – were infected with the disease, over 460 people who died and 258 survived Ebola. Together with the government and partners, UNICEF is raising its response to helping victims, controlling the spread of the disease and eventually ending the deadly phenomenon.

This is the tenth epidemic of Ebola in the DRC and the worst in the country. It is also the second largest Ebola epidemic in post-West Africa history in 2014-2016. The response to this latest epidemic continues to be hampered by uncertainty, frequent movements of people in the affected areas and resistance from some communities.

"While we could greatly control the disease in Mangin, Benni and the team, the virus continues to spread in the Buttembo area, mainly due to the insecurity and population movement," said Dr. Gianfranco Rotiliano, a UNICEF representative in the DRC. "We are increasing our response and deploying additional staff in the health zones of Butembo and Katwa, where 65 per cent of new Ebola cases have occurred in the last three weeks."

Since the onset of the epidemic, UNICEF and its partners have deployed more than 650 staff to work with government, civil society, churches and NGOs – to help people and families who have been infected and raise awareness of best hygiene and behavioral practices to prevent the spread of Ebola.

UNICEF's Ebola response focuses on engaging the community, providing water and sanitation, schools to be safe from Ebola and supporting children and families affected and affected by Ebola. UNICEF aims to control and prevent the spread of the disease and ultimately prevent the occurrence; to reduce Ebola-related deaths among infected; and provide protection, alleviate suffering, and provide assistance to affected children and families.

People who were infected, as well as displaced families and their children, including Ebola or unaccompanied children, continue to receive psychosocial support to help them cope with the effects of Ebola. UNICEF also provides a protective environment for children in schools and for dietary assistance, including children and adults at Ebola treatment centers.

"Our teams in Mangina, Benni, Oicha, Team, Butembo and Lubero work tirelessly with this multidisciplinary approach to put an end to the Ebola epidemic as soon as possible and to help the affected children and families," said Dr. Rotiliano .

To date, UNICEF and its partners have:

  • Achieved more than 10 million people in affected areas with preventive messages in collaboration with community leaders and through the media;
  • Providing drinking water to more than 1.3 million people in public places, health facilities and schools;
  • Trained 8,146 teachers for Ebola prevention measures;
  • 157,133 children reached 888 schools with preventive messages;
  • Provide assistance to 830 families directly affected by Ebola;
  • Identified 686 Ebola-Ebola Children and provided them with adequate care.

Media contacts

Yves Villemott
UNICEF DRC
Tel: +243 81 88 46 746
E-mail: ywillemot@unicef.org

Diane Yameogo
UNICEF Regional Office for West and Central Africa
Tel: + (221) 77 332 4326
E-mail: diyameogo@unicef.org


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