Strategic Response Plan

The tenth epidemic of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the provinces of North Kivu and Ituri was declared by the Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo on 1 August 2018.

Based on the evolution of the epidemic in the affected health zones, successive response plans (1, 2, 2.1 and 3) were implemented to enable the deployment of the resources required to support the Congolese Government and its partners.

More recently, and despite the implementation of the Strategic Response Plan-3 (SRP-3), the transmission of Ebola continues in both affected provinces. May 2019 saw the highest increase in the number of new cases recorded since the beginning of the epidemic.

Regrettably, insecurity continues to hamper the response in several health zones. Frequent security incidents have affected the response, some of which have had dramatic consequences.

In addition, the risk of spread of the virus to other towns in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and neighbouring countries remains very high. At the beginning of June 2019, several cases of EVD were exported to Uganda from the Mabalako Health Zone via the Congolese border of Kasindi. Despite the three recorded deaths, the progress of the epidemic to Uganda appears to be contained through good cross-border collaboration and preparedness activities undertaken with the Government of Uganda.

The increase in the number of new cases since epidemiological week n ° 19, combined with the persistence of insecurity, calls for major readjustments in response strategies.

In response to these new challenges the Government, supported by its partners, organized an operational review of SRP-3 in Goma from 14 to 15 June 2019. This participatory and inclusive review took stock of the level of achievement of activities against the pillars of the response, identified bottlenecks in the implementation of operational plans and enabled the development of new strategic directions.

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