Kampala, Uganda, November 6, 2022 — Nearly 50 days after the Ebola virus disease outbreak was announced in Uganda, the situation is still grim as the number of cases continues to rise. Recent reports from the Ministry of Health (MoH) indicate 132 cases and a death toll of 51 people including at least six health workers. The IRC is concerned about the Ebola situation in the country and calls for more funding to support response efforts, particularly in strengthening health systems, improving contact tracing, activating structures community health organizations for this specific response, social mobilization and scaling up awareness through the media.
Elijah Okeyo, IRC Uganda Country Director, said:
“The IRC stands with the families who have lost loved ones and is committed to continuing to support efforts to contain the outbreak. As the Department of Health explores treatment options and vaccines for this specific strain of Ebola, we must be aware that these trials take time and that early detection is essential for most of these treatments to work.To reduce the rate of infection and further loss of life, Mitigation efforts including contact tracing, risk communication, intense public awareness and engagement of community health structures are essential in the interim All of these interventions require immense financial resources and expertise to The IRC therefore calls for increased funding for aid agencies to support ongoing efforts to stem the current rapid spread of this disease. fatal illness.
The IRC has extensive experience in Ebola infection prevention and control activities. The IRC responded to the 2019 outbreak in Uganda as well as several outbreaks since 2018 in the Democratic Republic of Congo. IRC works on the protection of women and girls and mainstreams Ebola-related protection concerns in areas where IRC supports primary health care services. The IRC also worked to contain the 2014-2016 outbreak in West Africa in Liberia and Sierra Leone.
The IRC began programming in 1998 in northern Uganda in response to mass displacement caused by the Lord’s Resistance Army. Since then, the IRC has expanded to provide essential services to refugees and vulnerable Ugandans across the country. The IRC began supporting refugees and vulnerable people in Kampala in 2012. From 2019, the IRC entered the Tooro region to support refugees while providing epidemic preparedness and response services in the whole region. In addition to emergency assistance, the IRC also invests in the long-term stability of refugees and Ugandans through programs such as immunization, family planning, legal services, women’s empowerment, education and livelihoods. More recently, the IRC has been involved in supporting Afghan evacuees in Uganda.
Notes to Editors:
The IRC, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, has conducted several interventions to support ongoing efforts in the areas we serve, including:
Support national and district task forces in planning and coordinating preparedness efforts.
Engage respective district disaster management committees to review and update contingency plans.
Ensure surveillance and risk communication through IRC-supported health facilities.
Strengthen the capacity of community health structures such as village health teams to identify possible cases and refer them to health facilities and sensitize communities.
Organize case management training for health workers stationed at both IRCs and public health facilities in the areas of operation.
Conduct simulation exercises for health workers and paramedics for direct response if cases are confirmed in IRC areas of operation