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.
Photo and video material is available here: https://weshare.unicef.org/Package/2AMZIFVO6F29
For more information, please contact:
- Yves Willemot, UNICEF DRC, +243 81 88 46 746, [email protected];
- Thierry Delvigne-Jean, UNICEF Dakar, +221 778192300, [email protected];
- Christopher Tidey, UNICEF New York, + 1 917 340 3017, [email protected];
- Patsy Nakell, UNICEF Johannesburg, + 27 76 8722147, [email protected];
- Christophe Boulierac, UNICEF Geneva, +41 79 963 92 44, [email protected]
Yves Willemot est le chef de l’Équipe InfoCom de l’UNICEF RDC. 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. More than anything, he believes that the most important is to "be together for the children".
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