Together, we will help to fight against ongoing Ebola outbreak in East of DRC.
I argued in my previous intervention that this epidemic can be understood in context of low lives conditions and poverty subsequent to permanent insecurity, threat and social disorder. As remind, this region is in war pitfall since than one decade, fact that impedes population to make agriculture and have usual food yield to ensure food security. Since, people become natural resources dependent, the likelihood of eating infected food is very high, the current Ebola outbreak is the consequence of consumption inappropriate food.
Compared to previous 9 outbreaks reported in the Equator province (North West of DRC), this one needs to be considered in glance of harmful effects risks and potential related damages. This epidemic has some characteristics:
- Opens to east Africa, grand lake and southern Africa region, we apprehend the spreading risk (we aren’t permitted to leave the epidemic to spread in other areas)
- Happens in the new area (in the East of DRC), the population having not a true idea on what needs to be done about prevention, management, resilience and re-conversion.
- Happens in region under violence subsequent to army conflict and crowd population displacement.
- Arrives in fragile population lives conditions, all internal displaced population live outside their household, in degraded conditions.
- Has high risk of extending to five neighborhood countries, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, and Zambia.
As what were done in West Africa, the current intervention need to have multiple stakeholders
-Human Resource for Health (to provide health care),
-NGOs and Civil society organizations (to raise sensitization), public sector (to enforce the policy), UN agencies (to provide incentive to HRH and appropriate material)
The cue intervention efforts will be limited; insecurity can impede humanitarian organizations to bring assistance to those in need. Indeed, in this context, security measures are required as an additional effort to be done to deploy usual interventions. The Great Lake countries mainly need to be involved beside the DRC public sector to contain the epidemic in this initial and local stage, it is very cheap today.
May HIFA members raise this advocacy and sensitization, this call to action can draw attention of decision makers, emergency intervention stakeholders and local communities to mobilize effort of containing local epidemic, establish health care management and build thereafter the Ebola Virus Disease health system.
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.
Andre can be contacted at pisrfrdcATyahoo.fr