DR Congo

UNICEF DR Congo Ebola Situation Report North Kivu and Ituri - 17 September 2018



142 total reported cases (MoH, 16 September 2018)

111 confirmed cases (MoH, 16 September 2018)

97 deaths recorded (MoH, 15 September 2018)

2,173 contacts under surveillance (MoH, 16 September 2018)

UNICEF Ebola Response Appeal US$ 7.624M


  • As part of the nutrition response for Ebola, UNICEF provides treatment to Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) cases for children and adults, nutritional care of EVD patients (agreement is ongoing) and support four nutritionists in providing nutritional care services in Ebola Treatment Centers (ETCs).

  • The second Knowledge Attitude and Practice (KAP) survey indicate a drastic positive increase on the communities’ knowledge on Ebola information prevention and transmission mechanisms.
    Results are presently being analyzed by the communication commission and corrective actions will be taken and reported on in next Sitrep.

Humanitarian leadership and coordination

The Crisis Management Team continued to meet daily under the leadership of the Ministry of Health with all concerned partners and with the chairs of the different working groups providing thematic updates. UNICEF continues to participate actively in the coordination meetings at the national level and in Beni (operational headquarters) and co-leads the commissions on communication, WASH and psychosocial care; and active in the working groups on logistics and vaccination. A UNICEF security specialist is also deployed in the field to support security assessment and safety of the operations.

Mabalako health zone remains the most worrying area for the response due to the high number of reported confirmed and probable cases. At the moment, UNICEF activities in risk communication and prevention, WASH, and psychosocial care are focused in Beni and Mabalako Health Zone, North Kivu province, however, UNICEF continues to implement prevention activities in other parts of North Kivu and Ituri provinces.

The coordination of UNICEF’s response is dynamic due to the identification of confirmed cases in Makeke, Mandima Health zone, Oicha Health Zone, Butembo and Masereka Health Zone. UNICEF coordinates Makeke’s Ebola response from the coordination team based in Mangina Health Area and the coordination response for Oicha Health Zone. A new coordination hub is currently being put in place in Butembo Health Zone, which will also support the response in Masereka Health Zone.
A psychosocial and communication commissions have been set up in Butembo Health Zone, composed of five clinical psychologists and communications specialists. Due to the security access in Oicha and Masereka Health Zone, UNICEF works through local partners to implement its activities.

An operational review of the response led by the Ministry of Health in Beni city to identify current achievements and gaps is currently underway. A meeting between partners is scheduled during the week to discuss this issue.