Frequently asked questions about Ebola

Time is of the essence to address this public health

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Uganda Ministry of Health (MoH) declared the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) - Sudan strain outbreak on 20 September 2022 following a positive test result for one adult male in Mubende District on 19 September 2022.

MoH is leading the EVD response with support from WHO and partners, including UNICEF. The response is coordinated by a multi-stakeholder National Task Force (NTF) co-chaired by MoH and WHO.

UNICEF is presently supporting the outbreak with Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) supplies, risk communication and community engagement, and supporting access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene services in Ebola treatment Units (ETUs) and communities.

During her visit to Mubende District on 25 September 2022, Margarita Tileva, UNICEF Deputy Representative said: “Time is of essence when we try to address such a serious public health emergency as is the Ebola Virus disease. In the first hours following the declaration of the Ebola outbreak, UNICEF stepped in swiftly to support the Government of Uganda efforts in fighting the disease by engaging with communities and children in raising their awareness on prevention and protection measure that can help control and prevent possible infection in homes, schools, health-care facilities and public spaces. In collaborating with national, local government and other partners, UNICEF supports the establishment of emergency water, sanitation and hygiene services in health facilities and communities that can help protect and respond to the needs of the most vulnerable children and their families”. 

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