UNICEF DR Congo Ebola Situation Report North Kivu and Ituri - 24 November 2018
• 3,875 households were visited through C4D door-to-door sessions.
• 1340 persons affected by the EVD received psychosocial support in the Ebola Treatment Centers.
• A malaria prevention plan was developed to address an increase in malaria cases, observed through the many fever-related cases in the Ebola-affected health zones.
The strategy includes the distribution of 275,000 insecticide treatment mosquito nets, locally adapted radio messages on malaria prevention, and training of frontline health workers on malaria prevention and treatment. It is expected that an effective response to the increase in malaria will bring about a drop in Ebola alerts and visits to health facilities and ETUs.
SITUATION IN NUMBERS
395 total reported cases (MoH, 23 November 2018)
348 confirmed cases (MoH, 23 November 2018)
184 deaths recorded (MoH, 23 November 2018)
3,929 contacts under surveillance (MoH, 23 November 2018)
UNICEF Ebola Response Appeal US$ 21.8M
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. UNICEF is also 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.
Beni and Butembo health zones are the most concerning areas 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 around five coordination hubs based in Beni, Butembo, Tchomia, and Mabalako health zones. One sub-coordination hub is operational in Bunia city.
The coordination of UNICEF’s response is dynamic due to the identification of confirmed cases and the geographical extension of the epidemic to newly affected health zones. UNICEF coordinates Musienene, Katwa, Masereka, Vuhovi, Kalanguta, and Kyondo’s response from the sub-coordination group based in Butembo health zone.