New Ebola virus disease outbreak in the north east of DR Congo – seven day later

7 August, 2018

Dear All,

Allow me to update the information related to ongoing Ebola outbreak in the East of the DR Congo. The outbreak runs its 7th day, news are encouraging according what we heard until now. It seems that there are neither news cases nor deaths.

The targeted point, the MAGINA locality, belongs to MABALA health Zone, closes to BENI city. The MAGINA reference Health is the main Ebola management facility.

According several information sources, the virus found in in this area belongs to subgroup called ZAIRE (former denomination of CONGO), and whether this information is true, we have the lucky because there is vaccine otherwise that would be very complex and complicated.

The vaccination campaign has been launched since le 5th day of epidemic, there is 3200 vaccine vials and the priority is given to health occupational, the sick persons and their contacts.

However, the challenges are recorded, according sir Kambale, civil society leader in BENI, who pledges for a crowd vaccine because it is not possible to impede the population movement in region. There is a need of more vaccine supply.

Thank you

Andre Shongo Diamba

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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Andre can be contacted at pisrfrdcATyahoo.fr