UNICEF helps contain ebola outbreak in DRC

Added On May 16, 2018

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has been mobilizing its teams...
...to help contain a new Ebola outbreak that began on May 8th.
The new outbreak of the disease was announced by the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo(DRC). 
The outbreak was declared in the Bikoro Health Zone, located more than 100 kilometers south of the provincial capital of Mbandaka. 
A UNICEF team set out from Mbandaka to assess the extent of the epidemic and begin implementing its response. The Government and the World Health Organization also visited the site.
"I am just back from a fact-finding mission from Bikoro, where the epicenter of the Ebola epidemic is in DRC. And I saw that there is a lot to be done. We are working with the Government, WHO and the partners in order to bring the situation up to speed."
This is the 9th Ebola outbreak in the country since 1976. 
UNICEF supports the government in its coordination of the response, both from the country's capital Kinshasa as well as in the affected area.
UNICEF has been active in the Equateur Province for many years. 
"UNICEF's role is the role that we play all the time in the sense that we take care of water and sanitation. We will have to bring that behavior back, washing hands with chlorine, in taking temperature in schools, in public places, in health centers, everywhere basically. We are also working on helping wherever is needed in terms of the care facilities, because that is something that is very much in need to be done. And then of course all the community work. We have to convince the people to fight Ebola."
Based on its experience in previous Ebola epidemics, UNICEF is focusing on communication activities in the communities, to protect people from the disease and educate people about water supply, hygiene and sanitation to prevent the spread of the disease.
UNICEF has already sent a total of 45 kg of chlorine, five sprays, 50kg of soap and 28,000 water purification tablets to the area, as well as 600 posters and 6,000 leaflets to educate affected communities.