On August 1st, 2018, an Ebola outbreak was declared in Eastern DR Congo.
This is the 10th outbreak in DR Congo, declared just one week after the ninth outbreak was declared over 2500km west in Equateur Province, adding to an already challenging humanitarian situation in the country.
Medair supports over 60 health facilities in Eastern DR Congo, with Health, Nutrition, and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and related interventions.
Our first priority is to ensure that suspected Ebola cases can be safely identified, isolated and referred at these health centres, in order to:
Ensure suspected Ebola patients receive timely care
Prevent further spread of Ebola Virus Disease
Enable affected populations to continue to access quality primary health care in a safe environment
Beginning with areas where the risk is most elevated, Medair is ensuring that supported health centres are equipped to triage patients at the entrance to the health centre before isolating suspected Ebola cases in a temporary isolation area, while arranging for referral.
Health centre staff are being trained on how to consistently implement screening, isolation and referral without exposing themselves or other patients to the risk of being infected with Ebola Virus Disease. To support this, they are being equipped with personal protective equipment and receive instruction on how to safely screen and isolate suspected Ebola patients.
In addition to supporting health centres covered by pre-existing projects, Medair has begun working in five health centres where there is the highest risk of suspected cases emerging. This includes a package of infection prevention and control (IPC) measures, and water, sanitation, and hygiene support both in the health facilities and surrounding communities.
Medair’s Global Emergency Response Team Mobilised
Medair has sent members of its Global Emergency Response Team to DR Congo to provide technical expertise and surge capacity, as well as adding local personnel on the ground. Medair will leverage its previous experience responding to the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, West Africa, during 2014 – 2016.
Watch the latest updates from Dr. Trina Helderman, Senior Health and Nutrition Advisor:
What can I do to help?
We are very grateful for your support. You can help by:
praying for affected communities and organisations 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.