As children make up 30% of confirmed and potential Ebola cases, UNICEF is increasing its response to stop the spread of the disease.
KINSHASA / NEW YORK, January 30, 2019 – Since the last Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was announced six months ago on August 1, 2018, more than 740 people – 30 percent of whom are children – are infected with these diseases, including over 460 who have died, and 258 who have survived Ebola. In addition to the government and partners, UNICEF is increasing its response to help victims, control the spread of the disease, and ultimately end a deadly outbreak.
This is the 10th Ebola outbreak in the DRC and the worst in the country. It is also the world's second-largest Ebola outbreak in history after 2014-2016. The answer to this last outbreak is still hampered by insecurity, frequent movement of people in affected areas and resistance from some communities.
"Although we have been able to control the disease to a great extent in Mangin, Bene and Team, the virus continues to spread in the Butembo area, largely due to insecurity and population movements," said Dr. "We increase our response and deploy additional staff in the health zones of Butembo and Katwa, where 65% of the new Ebola cases have occurred in the last three weeks."
Since the outbreak of the epidemic, UNICEF and its partners have deployed more than 650 employees to work with government, civil society, churches and non-governmental organizations to help infected people and families and raise awareness of the best hygiene and behavioral practices to prevent the spread of Ebola.
UNICEF's response to Ebola focuses on community engagement, water and sanitation, making schools safe from Ebola and supporting children and families infected and affected by Ebola. UNICEF aims to control and prevent the spread of the disease and ultimately halt the outbreak; reduce the number of infected deaths from ebola; and provide protection, reduce suffering and provide assistance to affected children and families.
Infected people, as well as affected families and their children, including children who were abducted by Ebola and unaccompanied children, continue to receive psychosocial support to help them deal with the consequences of Ebola disease. UNICEF also provides a protective environment for children in schools and nutrition, including children and adults at Ebola treatment centers.
"Our teams in Mangin, Bene, Oicho, Team, Butembo and Luber are tirelessly working on this versatile approach to ending Ebola outbreak as soon as possible and helping affected children and families," he said. Rotigliano.
So far, UNICEF and its partners have:
- More than 10 million people with preventive measures reached the community through community leaders and the media;
- Drinking water is provided to over 1.3 million people in public places, health care facilities and schools;
- Trained 8146 teachers on Ebola prevention measures;
- 888 schools reached 157,133 children with prevention reports;
- Provided assistance to 830 families directly affected by Ebola;
- 686 Ebola orphans were identified and provided with appropriate care.
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