• During the reporting period, a Knowledge, Attitude, and Practice survey was conducted in Butembo Health Zone, which to identify gaps and lessons to improve the communication team’s interventions in the affected areas
• UNICEF has submitted a proposal to the World Bank to support the revised joint response plan for UNICEF’s areas of responsibility.
SITUATION IN NUMBER
274 total reported cases (MoH, 28 October 2018)
239 confirmed cases (MoH, 28 October 2018)
174 deaths recorded (MoH, 28 October 2018)
5,503 contacts under surveillance (MoH, 28 October 2018)
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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.
Beni and Butembo health zones are the most concerning areasfor 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 Zone. And one subcoordination hub is operational in Bunia city.
The coordination of UNICEF’s response is dynamic due to the identification of confirmed cases in Makeke, Mandima Health zone, Oicha Health Zone, Butembo, Masereka, and Tchomia 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 coordination hub is put in place in Butembo Health Zone, which will also support the response in Masereka Health Zone. Due to the security access in Oicha and Masereka Health Zone, UNICEF works through local partners to implement its activities.
The stabilisation of the epidemiological situation in Tchomia Health Zone, Ituri, has been important in the evolution of the Ebola epidemic as the previously confirmed Ebola case was located near Lake Albert, which is in close proximity to Uganda.
This increased the risk of disease spill over to Uganda due to high movements of population across the lake and in the vicinity.