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Democratic Republic of the Congo: Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo: Ebola crisis situation report | 09 December 2019

Source: World Vision Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo
Key updates Violence, and civil unrest disrupted Ebola response activities mostly in Beni and Butembo by limiting access to affected communities and increasing mass people movements in the region, which portends high risk of the disease spreading, even across borders. Several organisations, including World Vision, have temporarily suspended some activities and relocated staff to safer areas. Three responders were killed and 7 others injured during a targeted attack on an Ebola response camp in Biakato mines, and another on an Ebola coordination office in Mangina. Similar events in the past have affected contact tracing, surveillance and vaccination activities resulting in increased transmission. WHO reports that of the total confirmed and probable cases, 56% (1866) were female, 28% (936) were children aged less than 18 years, and 5% (163) were healthcare workers. Now there are questions emerging regarding possible resurgence of the disease in Ebola survivors. World Vision is one of the international organisations that signed a letter to the Humanitarian Co-ordinator in DRC calling for inclusive participation in strategic discussions on post-Ebola planning. Community-based Channels of Hope (COH) and Channels of Hope Action Teams (CHATS) have shown they can assure sustainable programme implementation, since they were able to conduct awareness-raising activities at a time when other interventions were temporarily suspended. Cumulatively, World Vision has engaged faith leaders, women and youth groups to reach 696,709 people (291,615 children) with Ebola-related messages on prevention, treatment and vacci 40,522 have received supplementary food, targeting patients, survivors, and contacts, while several others benefitted from Water,
Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) as well as protection initiatives. Community mistrust about Ebola response activities persist and continue to impede the fight against the disease.


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