Humanitarian Health Action

Democratic Republic of the Congo: The country that knows how to beat Ebola

Heads of the villages, community leaders and teachers in Djera were reminded of the importance of environmental sanitation, including even simple things like hand washing, to limit the spread of the disease.
WHO/Eugene Kabambi
Heads of the villages, community leaders and teachers in Djera were reminded of the importance of environmental sanitation, including even simple things like hand washing, to limit the spread of the disease.

December 2014 -- The Democratic Republic of the Congo has a long experience with Ebola – the latest was the seventh outbreak of the disease there. The country had the knowledge and the people needed to stop an outbreak and strong technical assistance and support from WHO. The year 2014 saw two parallel outbreaks of Ebola virus disease in Africa. The West African outbreak – which began in December 2013 and mainly affects Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone – continues to this day. A separate and unrelated outbreak in Boende, Equateur Province, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo – first reported to WHO on 24 August – was officially declared at an end on 21 November, less than three months later.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo health situation

27 August 2014 -- Due the humanitarian crisis and exposed food insecurity, more than 2.5 million children under 5 years old are acutely malnourished and 6.7 million people are in urgent need of food and health services. Lack of basic health services and the destruction of infrastructure, especially in the eastern part of the country, remain a concern. The Ministry of Health notified the World Health Organization of an Ebola virus disease outbreak. In the Lokolia, Watrikengo and Boenede Moke areas there has been cumulative 42 cases of the Ebola virus disease and 13 people have died (CRF 31%).

Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of the Congo