IOM DR Congo Migration Health Division: Ebola Response - North Kivu Situation Report 1 (15 August 2018)

Report
from International Organization for Migration
Published on 15 Aug 2018

IOM’S RESPONSE FOCUS

  • Population Mobility Mapping (PMM) and Flow Monitoring (FMP) at bordercrossings and in the affected province

  • Points of Entry (POE) surveillance (Health screening, Risk communication, Hand washing and Hygiene promotion)

  • Cross-border coordination between DRC, Republic of Uganda (Uganda) and Republic of Rwanda (Rwanda)

On 1 August 2018, just one week after the declaration of the end of the Ebola outbreak in Equator province, the 10th Ebola epidemic of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) was declared in the province of North Kivu, with the epicenter in the town of Mangina, approximately 30 Km South East of Beni. IOM, the UN Migration Agency, is working closely with the Congolese Ministry of Health (MoH) and WHO to contain the outbreak and address the needs of affected communities.

Population mobility, including cross-border movements, was identified as a significant risk for disease transmission in this outbreak due to the high number of traders and miners, displaced populations and insecurity caused by rebels and militias in the area. IOM and MoH have conducted joint assessments at points of entry (POE) in Mangina, Beni, Butembo and Goma to gauge the strength of the area’s epidemiological surveillance system. IOM has supported the deployment of 10 epidemiologists, medical doctors and hygiene specialists to key border areas to conduct POE surveillance, risk communication, infection prevention and control (IPC) as well as Population Mobility Mapping (PMM) and daily flow monitoring. IOM’s mobility mapping helps guiding the response, by understanding the mobility trends of the affected areas including hotspots where there is high volume of mobility and strong connection to the epicenter.

IOM’S RESPONSE FOCUS

  • Population Mobility Mapping (PMM) and Flow Monitoring (FMP) at bordercrossings and in the affected province

  • Points of Entry (POE) surveillance (Health screening, Risk communication,
    Hand washing and Hygiene promotion)

  • Cross-border coordination between DRC, Republic of Uganda (Uganda) and Republic of Rwanda (Rwanda)

IOM’S APPEAL : USD 2.5 MILLION

HIGH LIGHTS OF IOM’S IMMEDIATE RESPONSE

  • IOM and MOH jointly conducted Population Mobility Mapping (PMM) in Beni, to identify travel routes, POE and major transit/congregation sites (ports, markets, etc). PMM in Mangina and Goma are planned.

  • IOM is supporting National Programme of Hygiene at Borders (PNHF)’s POE surveillance (health screening) activities at 21 sites in Beni and in Goma along with risk communication and hygiene promotion.

  • IOM starts collecting daily population flow data at 10 POEs (5 in Goma and 5 in Beni) in order to verify the mobility volume and profiles of travelers including internal and cross-border movements.

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