The IFRC aims to support 400,000 people over six months with focus on community engagement and surveillance, active case search, psychosocial support, infection prevention and control, disinfection, and safe burials.
MSF has started vaccinating Ebola frontline workers in Bikoro, Equateur Province. This trial vaccination, part of the overall strategy to control the Ebola outbreak, will also be offered to contacts of patients.
The grant, issued by the World Bank's Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility (PEF), will support the surge in activities outlined under the approved three-month $56.8 million Ebola response plan released by the DRC government.
The Ministry of Health, WHO and other key partners are implementing a ring vaccination to protect persons who have had contact with confirmed cases, as well as healthcare workers with potential exposure to EVD.
Because the DRC has had so many outbreaks it has developed the capacity to deal with new ones. But, it is critical for nearby countries to collaborate with it to ensure the outbreak stays under control.