UNICEF thanks donors and partners who made the end of Ebola in eastern DRC possible
KINSHASA, 26 June 2020 – UNICEF has thanked its donors and implementing partners who have made the end of a 23-month long Ebola outbreak in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) possible.
The Ebola outbreak, which began in August 2018 and was the world’s second deadliest, killed 2,287 people and infected 3,470. Children were hit the hardest, as they made up more than 28 per cent of all cases.
“The end of Ebola in eastern DRC was possible thanks to an extraordinary mobilization of resources, both financial and human, as well as strategic partnerships with the affected communities and the government of DRC. Our implementing partners were key in saving the lives of thousands of people, despite facing numerous challenges, including attacks on their frontline workers. Our donors have been behind us all along the way, providing us with the much-needed funding to respond to this long and complex outbreak”, said Edouard Beigbeder, UNICEF Representative in DRC.
During the eastern DRC Ebola outbreak, UNICEF played a central role in the joint National Strategic Response Plan under the leadership of the government of DRC and in partnership with 60 international, national and governmental partners. Specifically, under Pillar 1 (Strengthened Public Health Response), UNICEF coordinated risk communications, community engagement and psychosocial interventions, while under Pillar 3 (Strengthened Support to Communities), UNICEF focused on a complementary response that tackles pre-existing humanitarian needs in Ebola-hit areas and minimizes negative impacts of the Ebola response on health and social services. UNICEF also co-lead infection prevention and control, as well as water, sanitation and hygiene activities in health facilities and communities. UNICEF was also responsible for overseeing decontamination of Ebola affected households and health facilities.
During the 23 month-long response to the epidemic, UNICEF: provided psychosocial support to 7,714 children separated from their parents, equipped 14,160 community sites in the affected areas with hand washing facilities, helped 1,665 infants receive nutritional assistance, and reached more than 37 million people and more than 1 million students with lifesaving information about the disease.
UNICEF would like to thank the donors who have contributed generously to the response: the World Bank Group, the European Commission, ECHO, Gavi (the Vaccine Alliance), USAID, the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), the United Nations Emergency Ebola Response Operations (UNEERO), the Government of Japan, the Government of United Kingdom, The Government of Canada, The Government of Germany, The Bill and Melinda Gate Foundation (BMGF), The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation (PGAFF) and the UNICEF National Committees of Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Sweden, Ireland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
UNICEF is working together with the government of DRC and partners to respond to another, unrelated, Ebola outbreak in the north-western province of Equateur. This outbreak has so far killed 13 people and infected 24.
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