July 2017: end of the Ebola epidemic in the country !

Children in Nobili, North Kivu (UNICEF DRC Morton)

EMERGENCIESFind all the latest information about the Ebola crisis in the DRC and the response of the Government, UNICEF and their partners to control the outbreak.

Highlights

The Minister of Health declared the end of the Ebola epidemic in Likati health Zone as of 1 July, 2017 at a special event organized with the presence of UNICEF, WHO, CDC and the media.

Key features of the response highlighted by the Minister included:

  • effective vigilance of the community and health workers at the district level, and the efficient and coordinated communication between the central, provincial and community levels that contributed to early detection of the epidemic;
  • the quick response driven by a national coordination committee led by the Ministry of Health and with active involvement of WHO, UNICEF, MSF, CDC, UNFPA, MONUSCO, WFP, JICA, USAID, DFID and China;
  • the prompt deployment of a response team including epidemiologists, biologists, clinicians, veterinary doctors, and sanitation experts, as well as two mobile laboratories;
  • provision of free health services in the affected health zone to encourage the use of health services by the affected communities;
  • effective communication campaign and approaches for information dissemination and promotion of preventive behaviour among the affected population;
  • effective management of suspected and confirmed Ebola cases including psycho social support.

Situation in numbers

8 reported cases, including :

  • –  3 probable cases,
  • – 2 confirmed cases by PCR,
  • – 3 confirmed cases by serology IgG.

(MoH, 1 July June 2017)

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UNICEF DR Congo Ebola Situation Report – July 2017

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Yves Willemot

Yves Willemot est le chef de l’Équipe InfoCom de l’UNICEF RDC. Il fait partie de la grande équipe UNICEF depuis longtemps maintenant puisqu’après avoir été leur conseiller régional en communication pour l’Afrique de l’Ouest et l’Afrique Centrale à Dakar, il a dirigé l’UNICEF Belgique pendant 7 ans. Plus que tout, ce qui est important pour lui c'est d'être "tous ensemble pour les enfants".

Yves Willemot is Head of the UNICEF DRC InfoCom Team. He has been part of the large UNICEF team for a long time now since after being their regional communication advisor for the West Africa and Central Africa in Dakar, he led UNICEF Belgium for 7 years.More than anything, he believes that the most important is to "be together for the children".

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