The Government of DRC confirmed the end of the latest Ebola outbreak in Equateur province in the north-west of the country.
Last updated on Novembre 18, 2020
The Government of DRC officially declared the end of its 11th Ebola outbreak on November 18, almost six months after the first cases of the deadly virus were reported. The 11th outbreak to hit the DRC since 1976, and the second in Equateur in less than two years, killed 55 people and infected 130. Two children died and 11 were infected.
We have worked with our partners to meet children’s unique physical, psychological and social needs. This includes caring for the wellbeing of surviving parents and family members so that they can better look after their children.
The 11th #Ebola outbreak in DR #Congo has officially been declared over.@UNICEF will continue to reinforce the national health care system, support Ebola survivors and ensure that mothers and children continue to receive quality health care. https://t.co/147PbOh74I— UNICEF en RDC (@UNICEFDRC) November 18, 2020
“Though the outbreak is over, children affected by the Ebola epidemic will still require special attention and care, as communities affected begin to return to normal life,” said Edouard Beidbeger, UNICEF Representative in the DRC.
What was UNICEF's role?
Our mission was to protect children from the consequences of the Ebola virus.
We reached more than 1 million people with life-saving information on Ebola
UNICEF and its partners supported the Government in the response to Ebola.
We distributed more than half a million liters of clean water to the Ebola treatment centres
We provided psychosocial support to 102 Ebola patients and 387 members of families affected by Ebola
We cared for 26 children separated from their caregivers in three nurseries
We assisted more than 1,000 vulnerable children
UNICEF will continue to reinforce the national health care system to make it more effective in responding to future epidemics. The organization is also working on programs for Ebola survivors in the DRC. In addition, it will work with the local health authorities in Equateur to ensure that mothers and children in the areas previously affected by Ebola continue to receive quality essential health care.
UNICEF’s donors for the Ebola response in Equateur were the World Bank Group, UKAid (FCDO), USAID (BHA), Humanitarian Fund for DRC, Netherlands' contribution to Global Humanitarian Thematic Funds (GHT).