Recommendations for the Ebola resurgence response
Follow-up on recommendations from the CASS integrated analyses as part of the response to the Ebola outbreak in Butembo
When the Ebola virus disease resurfaced in Butembo in February 2021, the Social Science Analytics Cell (CASS) organized a working session with UNICEF teams to review the priority recommendations from the 55 studies and 112 recommendations co-developed during the previous outbreak that affected the eastern DRC from 2018 to 2020.
This workshop resulted in the prioritization of 22 key recommendations for the response program strategy. In addition, 14 recommendations were co-developed to mitigate the risks of sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) and gender-based violence (GBV) in response activities. A review of the actions carried out on the basis of these recommendations and their perceived impacts was organized with UNICEF, WHO and approved by the provincial health division.
At the declaration of the end of the epidemic in May 2021, 58 actions had been effectively implemented to respond to the 22 key recommendations. 18 specific actions have been taken to respond to the 14 recommendations focused on PEAS and GBV.