New ebola virus disease outbreak in the north east of DR Congo

2 August, 2018

Dear All

Two opposed events related to EBOLA VIRUS DISEASE (EVD) are recorded in close interval in the DRC, the end of the 9th outbreak by WHO last week, followed by an announce of a new EVD outbreak far the usual EVD reported area, the former Equator province, located in north west of DRC. Indeed, the EVD is announced in the first time in east of country, statistically the first epidemic against 9 reported in the west. In this ongoing EVD epidemic, 26 cases are recorded in BENI city and surround, among which there are 20 deaths.

Our concern is the understanding of what happen to build a fighting strategy. We need to know whether there is a link between the two outbreaks locations. Does someone contaminated by EVD travelled from west to East? What about outbreak onset characteristics and history of the new outbreak, the most current west EVD being under control?

Another side, we suppose that EVD is a social phenomenon, it seems possible that the poverty pushes people to be close and dependent to natural resources, especially the wildlife animals consumption. In public health field, one opinion thoughts that EVD is a result of poor health care and of the DRC collapsed health system. These reasons are common in the two provinces and contribute to explanation of what happens in the east.

The threat needs to be considered, by fear of spreading at a very quick pace as what were happened in west Africa, the devastator 2015 EVD outbreak .Indeed, the North KIVU province is open to Uganda and great lake sub region, Rwanda, Burundi,and toward Tanzania (East Africa region ) and to Zambia ( southern Africa region ); stakeholders need to raise the sensitization level and strategy to impede the EVD spreading.

Thank you

HIFA profile: Andre Shongo Diamba is a medical doctor, he got a Master of Public Health international health degree from school of health and tropical medicine, Tulane University, USA in 2016 and is flexible to job opportunities. Previously, Andre worked as coordinator at PISRF- Programme Intégré de santé de reproduction et familial (Integrated program of reproductive health and Family), a Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) participative NGO of Family Planning and Reproductive Health, committed in awareness and care providing in favor of women and children of low social area, and toward this group to whole community. PISRF undertakes sociological, public health and biomedical researches in the family planning and reproductive health (education, sexuality without risk, safe motherhood, HIV/AIDS prevention), it encourages the humanitarian and research projects and ensures results dissemination to all. Andre has along experience in providing community reproductive health projects such information, communication - education; care services and research leading. He has participated at numerous international conferences in the field of reproductive health and population, health, environment. Andre is interested topromote the Social Development Goal (SDGs) in the DRC and very engaged, Hepledges for public private partnership and the improving of use of mobile phoneas a network able to raise the awareness of reproductive health and support thecountry commitment to do progress in this field. He received the HIFA CountryRepresentatives certificate of achievement in 2013.

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