With children representing 30% of confirmed and probable cases of Ebola, UNICEF is increasing the response to halting the spread of the disease
KINSHASA / NEW YORK, 30 January 2019 – More than 740 people have been infected since the last outbreak of the DRC, which was reported six months ago on 1 August 2018 – of which 30% of children with the disease, including more than 460 who died, and 258 survivors Ebola. In addition to government and partners, UNICEF is expanding its response to helping victims, controlling the spread of the disease and finally ending the deadly epidemic.
This is the 10th epidemic of Ebola in the DRC and the worst country. It is also the second largest epidemic of Ebola in history after the war in West Africa in 2014-2016. Responding to this latest epidemic is still hampered by uncertainty, the frequent movement of people in affected areas and the resistance of some communities.
"While we are able to cope with extensive disease in Mangina, Beni and Komanda, the virus is further expanding in the Butembo area, largely because of uncertainty and population movement," said Dr. Gianfranco Rotigliano, UNICEF representative in the Democratic Republic of Congo. "We are increasing our response and deploying other workers to the Butembo and Katwa health zones, where 65 percent of new Ebola cases have occurred in the last three weeks."
Since the onset of the UNICEF epidemic, its partners have deployed more than 650 staff working with government, civil society, churches and non-governmental organizations – helping people and families who have been infected, and raising awareness of the best hygiene and behavioral practices to prevent the spread of Ebola .
UNICEF Response Ebola's response focuses on community engagement, water and hygiene provision, Ebola school security, and support for children and families of infected and affected Ebola. UNICEF focuses on controlling and preventing the spread of disease and eventually stopping outbreaks; reduce the number of deaths associated with Ebola among the infected; and to provide protection, alleviate suffering and provide assistance to affected children and families.
People who have been infected, as well as affected families and their children, including children of orphaned Ebola and unaccompanied children, continue to receive psychosocial support to help them cope with the consequences of Ebola's disease. UNICEF also provides a protective environment for school children and nutritional assistance, including children and adults in Ebola treatment centers.
"Our teams in Mangina, Beni, Oicha, Komanda, Butembo and Lubero work tirelessly on this multipurpose approach to ending the Ebola epidemic as quickly as possible and help affected children and families," said Dr. Rotigliano.
To date, UNICEF and its partners have:
- It has reached over 10 million people in the affected areas with preventive messages in cooperation with community leaders and through the media;
- Provided drinking water to more than 1.3 million people in public places, health care facilities, and schools;
- Trained 8,146 teachers for Ebola preventive measures;
- There were 157,133 children in 888 preventive schools;
- Provided assistance to 830 families directly affected by Ebola;
- She identified 686 ebony orphans and gave them the appropriate care.
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