Children particularly affected by the Ebola outbreak in the DRC – UNICEF

17 August 2018
On 13 August 2018, UNICEF Communications for Development Officers, talk to children about the importance of Ebola prevention near Mangina, North Kivu, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).epicentres of the epidemic due to insecurity, the Beni health zone and the Mangina health area.
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KINSHASA, NEW YORK, DAKAR, GENEVA 17 August 2018 – Children represent an unusually high proportion of people affected by the ongoing Ebola outbreak in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), UNICEF said today.

Two children have already died from the disease. The Ebola treatment centres in Beni and Mangina are currently treating six children that are infected by the disease or suspected to be. UNICEF has identified 53 orphaned children who have lost their parents to Ebola.

"The children affected by the ongoing epidemic need special attention and care,” said Dr. Gianfranco Rotigliano, UNICEF Representative in the DRC. “Women are the primary caregivers for children, so if they are infected with the disease, there is a greater risk that children and families become vulnerable."

The UN children’s agency and its partners have trained 88 psychosocial workers to assist and comfort children in centres, and to support children who have been discharged as free of Ebola, but may be at risk of stigmatization within the community. The psychosocial workers organize awareness-raising activities to facilitate the return of these children to their communities.

"The impact of the disease on children is not limited to those who have been infected or suspected,” said Rotigliano. “Many children are faced with the illness or death of their parents and loved ones, while some children have lost large parts of their families and become isolated. These children urgently need our support".

The organisation seeks and supports foster families for these children, and also provides them with psychosocial care and food assistance.

 

Media Contacts

Yves Willemot
Chief of Communication
UNICEF DRC
Tel: +243 81 88 46 746
Thierry Delvigne-Jean
Regional Chief of Communication
UNICEF West and Central Africa
Tel: +221 77 819 23 00
Tel: +221 33 831 08 62

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On 11 August 2018, Jean-Pierre Masuku, UNICEF’s Ebola Outreach Officer in North Kivu in The Democratic Republic of the Congo, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, discusses Ebola prevention over a loud hailer in a market in Ebola-affected Beni.

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