UNICEF deploys staff, medical equipment and supplies in response to new Ebola case in eastern DRC

Home > Media Contacts and Press Releases > UNICEF deploys staff, medical equipment and supplies in response to new Ebola case in eastern DRC

UNICEF deploys staff, medical equipment and supplies in response to new Ebola case in eastern DRC

UNICEF working with Government and partners in North Kivu province following announcement by the Ministry of Health of the death of a 42 year-old-mother

GOMA, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 8 February 2021 – UNICEF is deploying additional staff and preparing to send medical equipment and supplies to North Kivu following the confirmation of a new case of Ebola in eastern DRC.

UNICEF is also assisting efforts to track and trace all those who came into contact with the victim, a 42-year-old woman, and is working closely with local health authorities to support community mobilization, control infection mechanisms and decontamination activities.

Staff from the UNICEF’s office in Beni are already onsite in Butembo to support the North Kivu Health Division.

Additional UNICEF Communication for Development staff will travel to affected areas to mobilise the community response, inform the public of any emergency measures that need to be taken and support the local government’s track and trace network so that people required to receive the Ebola vaccine are informed.

UNICEF is currently organizing shipping medical equipment and supplies that will be brought to the affected area from Mbandaka, in Equateur province.

Congolese health authorities say the new case is the wife of an Ebola survivor. She went to the Biena health centre, 90km south-west of Butembo, on 1 February with symptoms of Ebola. She was tested and then transferred to the Matanda Hospital in Butembo where she died on 3 February. A Gene Xpert test was performed which confirmed that she had the disease.

North Kivu, Ituri and South Kivu provinces were hit by the world’s second-deadliest outbreak of Ebola in August 2018. It lasted 23 months and killed 2,287 people and infected 3,470, with children comprising about 28 per cent of all cases.

During that time UNICEF supported 3,812 health centres with essential water, hygiene and sanitation services, provided more than 16,000 children with psychosocial support, and helped reach more than 37 million people across the country with life-saving information about the disease.

###

Notes to editor

Multimedia materials available here

For further information, contact:

UNICEF: 0207 375 6030, media@unicef.org.uk  Yemi Lufadeju, YemiL@unicef.org.uk

About Unicef

UNICEF is the world’s leading organisation for children and works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. Across more than 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, to build a better world for everyone.

The UK Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF UK) is one of 33 National Committees for UNICEF who support UNICEF’s mission in their territories. UNICEF UK works tirelessly to raise funds for UNICEF and advocate for children’s rights in the UK and around the world. As a registered charity we raise funds through donations from individuals, organisations and companies and we lobby and campaign to keep children safe. UNICEF UK also runs programmes in schools, hospitals and with local authorities and communities in the UK. UNICEF UK is a charity, entirely funded by our supporters. It receives no money from the UN budget.

For more information please visit unicef.org.uk, or follow Unicef UK on TwitterLinkedIn, Facebook and YouTube

United Kingdom Committee for UNICEF is a registered