Senegal

Senegal: Ebola Virus Disease outbreak, Emergency Appeal n° MDRSN010 - 6 month update

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The outbreak of Ebola virus is still underway in several countries in West Africa. A single imported case from Guinea was reported in Senegal in late August 2014. The Senegalese Red Cross Society (SRCS) got involved in the monitoring of 74 contacts which ended after 21 days. They were all in good health. The patient admitted to the treatment center was cured of Ebola and discharged. The test results of suspected cases in the District of Vélingara, Kolda Region were also negative. However, following the detailed risks assessment and considering the advice from key partners including WHO, a decision was taken to maintain and scale up efforts because the Ebola threats are still real. Therefore the IFRC launched an Emergency Appeal for a total of CHF 1.3M to support the National Society to respond to the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak by delivering assistance and support to 2.2 million people. The response activities of the National Society have focused on information and communication, education, awareness raising, and social mobilization, surveillance, case identification and contact management, psychosocial support, and regional collaboration. This update reports on activities carried out so far during the last 6 months and announces a 2 month no-cost extension to continue with key activities, in light of the continued threat of transmission across Senegal’s borders, and the need to further strengthen preparedness and community surveillance along the borders. Besides Senegal has reopened its borders with Guinea where Ebola is not yet over. Therefore the cross border exchanges encourage a more robust sensitization and surveillance activities to prevent any outbreak into Senegal.

The rainy season is also fast approaching, which will complicate efforts to contain the disease in Guinea. Until zero case is reached in Guinea, Ebola still poses a threat to Senegal, its neighbor. Hence the need to keep up efforts over the next months. Furthermore, the announcement of reopening the Sabadola mining gold project in Kedougou (bordering Guinea) has been shared. People from different Sahel nationalities work in this project, its reopening can increase the Ebola transmission risks.
During the reporting period (6 months of implementation), the Senegalese Red Cross Society (SRCS) has mobilized its Red Cross volunteers who reached a total of 941,520 beneficiaries through public awareness activities including caravans, group discussions, home visits, school visits and social mobilisation during religious events. The additional plan will continue and enhance capacities of communities and volunteers following the same strategy already defined and implemented during the Senegal first EVD operation.