Description of the Disaster
In March, 2013, there was an outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, resulting in about 7,573 deaths of 19,463 cases by 24 December 2015, according to WHO. The prevalence of the epidemic affected countries like Mali, Nigeria, Senegal and even the United States of America. Given the ease of the spread of the disease across porous borders, strategies aimed at protecting the non-affected countries like Cote d’Ivoire were developed. The Red Cross of Côte d’Ivoire undertook preparedness and prevention measures from the beginning of the outbreak in the bordering countries. In a continuum of actions, it undertook further EVD preparedness activities, as from April 2015, with the technical and financial support of IFRC.
Summary of Interventions
National Society’s Action
- Technical support and participation in the development of operational procedures and training modules in line with the national strategy for the fight against Ebola
- Training of 30 NDRT (National Disaster Response Team) members within the context of the epidemic and in the major regions of the country. Training took place at Jacqueville, from 5-14 October, 2015
- Training of 19 NDRT WASH members within the context of the epidemic, among which 14 were from the previous 30 NDRT training, with an addition of 4 WatSan field staff and a WatSan volunteer from Grand-Bassam. The training took place from 22-28 February, 2016 at Mondoukou, in Grand-Bassam.
- Training of 278 CDRT (Community Disaster Response Team) members in all the fourteen Ebola treatment centres in Côte d’Ivoire from 4-14 November, 2015
- Initial CAP assessment in 30 locations from 23- 27 November, 2015
- 3 Simulations at Man, Bouaké and San –Pedro from 7-13 March, 2016
- Social mobilisation in 14 locations in February and March, 2016