Real-time evaluation of World Vision DRC's Ebola virus disease emergency response
On 1 August 2018, the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) Ministry of Health declared a new outbreak of Ebola in the town of Mangina, North Kivu. By 4 December 2018, the outbreak became the second largest in history. On 17 July 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.
The organisation declared a Category 2 national response to the outbreak on 29 October 2018. This was followed by two re-declarations, first to a Category 3 national response on 25 June 2019 and then a Category 3 global response on 24 October 2019. The response operates under the umbrella of the country-wide sustained humanitarian response (SHR). This also includes emergency relief programming in Kasai, Tanganyika, Ituri and north-west provinces. The objective of the response is to halt the transmission of Ebola in North and South Kivu, reaching 1,187,729 affected people (700,760 children). Key sectors are 1) risk communication and community engagement 2) WASH 3) food security and 4) child protection and psychosocial support.
The response has provided 40,522 contacts and patients with 741 metric tonnes of food assistance, while 10,461 families, schools and churches have received 11,065 hygiene kits. The response is also providing psychosocial support to affected families, especially children. The total projected budget for the response is US $21,750,212. To date, the response has reached 57 percent of its funding target.
The real-time evaluation of World Vision DRC’s response to Ebola took place in December 2019. The purpose was to assess the response against four criteria: organisational efficiency, coordination and influence, relevance, and programme effectiveness and culminated in a workshop comprising World Vision staff and partners. Participants validated the findings, refined and prioritised recommendations, and developed action plans for the five prioritised recommendations for immediate improvement.