Senegal

Senegal: Ebola Virus Disease outbreak, Emergency Appeal n° MDRSN010 - Operations update n° 14

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Summary: 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 and announces a 3 month no-cost extension to continue with some few 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. Activities will include:

  • Cross border meetings between Senegal and Guinea Red Cross committees

  • Set up of Community Disease surveillance committees in Salemata department,

  • Implementation of a Hotline among RC branches, Ministry of Health authorities and community leaders.,

  • Mobilisation and capacity building for RC volunteers to carry out social mobilisation and sensitisation activities at community level,

  • Hygiene and sanitation kits will be distributed in Dindefelo commune and hand washing points at public places along the border.