A week after announcing the end of the ninth Ebola outbreak in the Equateur Province, the Democratic Republic of Congo is facing a new epidemic in the north-east of the country. This tenth epidemic affects the provinces of North Kivu and Ituri, areas affected by armed conflict and facing particular security challenges.
Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Declared 1 August 2018, an Ebola epidemic is raging in the provinces of North Kivu and Ituri.
Key figures (as of May 26, 2019)
separated children or orphans
people have received information about the disease
schools and community sites have been equipped with handwashing facilities
affected families have been assisted
We inform communities about the disease, how to protect themselves and how to contain the spread of the epidemic.
UNICEF and its partners support the Government in the response to Ebola.
We make water, hygiene and sanitation available in communities, schools and health centers.
We provide psychosocial support to help families, including children, affected by the disease
We provide nutritional care for infected people and children whose parents are in quarantine.
We put prevention measures in place in schools to create a protective environment.
UNICEF’s response to the Ebola epidemic is supported by the World Bank Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility, the European Commission – European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations, the Vaccine Alliance, the United States Agency for International Development, the Central Emergency Response Fund and the Government of Japan. UNICEF is also supported by the German Committee for UNICEF.
We are deeply concerned by the growing number of children confirmed to have contracted Ebola
Children now account for more than one third of the Ebola cases in affected regions of the DRC but the impact of the disease on children goes beyond those who have been infected. When parents or caregivers with the disease are taken to treatment centres or pass away, some children are left on their own.
Our mission is to protect and to assist all the children affected by the Ebola virus. As the outbreak continues, we will continue to coordinate with our partners to ensure their physical, emotional and psychological wellbeing.