Ebola hemorrhagic fever DREF Operation No. MDRUG021 Update No. 1

Situation Report
Originally published


GLIDE n° EP-2011-000052-UGA

CHF 133,744 has been allocated from the Federation’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the National Society in delivering immediate assistance to some 1,731,900 beneficiaries.

Summary: This operation has been implemented for almost 2 months starting from 18 May 2011 and will be completed by mid-August 2011. During this period, the Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) has been involved in key Ebola response activities with other implementing partners and the government. Activities carried out included community meetings to sensitize communities on Ebola, house to house Ebola sensitization, media campaigns to sensitize community on Ebola, case contacts, follow ups and referrals, health promotion and education through Information, Education and Communication (IEC), door to door campaigns and other interpersonal communication.

Only one case (the index) has been confirmed since the outbreak was declared on 13 May 2011. A total of 25 persons who were in close contact with the confirmed case completed their follow-up on 27 May 2011 but none of them exhibited evidence of having contracted the disease and there is no information to indicate that the outbreak spread beyond the index sub-county since it is more than 42 days after the only confirmed case died. After the recommended 42 days of follow-up of contacts to the last confirmed case and active surveillance in the six high-risk districts of Luweero, Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Wakiso, Mukono and Kampala which ended on 17 June 2011, the outbreak was declared over. The interventions by URCS and other partners contributed to the containment of the Ebola outbreaks in Luwero and the neighbouring districts. However active surveillance, ecological investigations and community mobilization/sensitization remained on-going until community psycho social fears, knowledge and attitude will all have improved in relation to the outbreak. Besides the interventions, the heightened control activities against Ebola contributed to a marked reduction in infection rates and mortality whereby only one person was infected with Ebola.

There has been strengthened network and collaboration with other humanitarian players in the response, mainly with the International Federation, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organization (WHO), the Ministry of Health (MoH), Médecins Sans Frontiers (MSF), African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET), World Vision, Respond and CDD. These partners have provided technical and financial support that has enabled the Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) to respond to the outbreak in the affected districts/communities.

DREF replenishments to the Uganda Ebola Operation have been received from ECHO (CHF 101,357) and the Belgian Red Cross/Government (CHF 35,000). We take this opportunity to thank them for their continued support.