Kinshasa, April 24, 2022- As a case of Ebola virus has been confirmed in the Equatorial Province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the International Committee for Rescue (IRC) is extremely concerned about the possible spread of the virus in a country already battling the last Ebola. Virus outbreaks and years of insecurity. This is the third outbreak in the Equatorial Province since 2018.
Adama Koulibaly, IRC Country Director for the DRC, said,
“The situation in the DRC has become almost endemic. The Ministry of Health of the DRC already has a lot of experience in quickly stopping the virus from previous outbreaks and we hope that the government will stop the spread of the disease with the support of humanitarian agencies. And mobilize resources to address the cause of the resurgence of this disease, which still has a high mortality rate. We must do everything necessary to break the chain of transmission.
“The IRC has considerable experience in emergency response for Ebola in the DRC, we responded in 2018 and 2021 in North Kivu and in 2018 and 2020 in the Equator. The IRC is dedicated to providing testing, contact tracing, infection prevention and control, and treatment. The IRC is also working with communities to support the Ministry of Health’s measures to prevent Ebola. Right now, our teams are working to determine needs and prepare for a possible response. Discussing with the Ministry of Health.
“It is imperative that we apply the lessons learned from past outbreaks to prevent the spread of Ebola in the DRC and beyond its borders. Women and girls are always more disproportionately affected during crises, but are also key participants in the virus response and we must ensure the safety of women and girls during each of these many crises. The IRC stands in solidarity with affected communities and is calling for immediate action and funding for frontline aid agencies to both contain the outbreak and prevent further spread. ,
More people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo now face a severe hunger crisis than any recorded country. The DRC ranks in the top five on the IRC’s emergency watch list for the third year in a row, reflecting continued instability in a country that is now in its fourth decade of a major humanitarian crisis.
The IRC responded to the 2018-2020 Ebola outbreak in North Kivu and Ituri working in more than 70 health facilities in Beni, Mbalako, Butembo, Goma and Mambasa on infection prevention and control (IPC). The IRC is also working on protecting women and children, and integrating Ebola-related safety concerns in areas where the IRC supports primary health care services. The IRC also worked to prevent the 2014–2016 West Africa outbreak in Liberia and Sierra Leone.
The IRC has been operating in the DRC since 1996 and has been providing emergency aid and humanitarian assistance to those affected by violence and uprooted from their homes. As the country struggles to recover from decades of conflict and widespread disease, the IRC is focusing our efforts in Tanganyika, Ituri and North and South Kivu by providing emergency health care, shelter, water, sanitation and emergency supplies to hundreds of thousands of people. doing. People in Eastern and Central Congo.