• On 8 August 2018, the Minister of Health visited Mangina to launch the Ebola vaccination, as a core strategy for the response. The vaccination will start with front line workers and contacts in the affected areas. UNICEF leads in the communication aspect of the vaccination.
• The response coordination mechanism is operational in Beni under the leadership of the Ministry of Health. The Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) in Beni is now functional with the presence of the Government, UNICEF, WHO and partners. On the UN side, the Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator is deployed in Beni to support coordination.
• The Joint response plan of the Government is being finalized with technical support from WHO, UNICEF, World Bank and other partners. This also includes the mapping of remaining funds mobilized for the Mbandaka response which can be re-programmed for the response in North Kivu.
SITUATION IN NUMBERS
43 total reported cases (MoH, 07 August 2018)
16 confirmed cases (MoH, 07 August 2018)
36 deaths recorded (MoH, 07 August 2018)
966 contacts under surveillance (MoH, 07 August 2018
Humanitarian leadership and coordination
The Crisis Management Team continued to meet daily under the leadership of the Ministry of Health with all concerned partners and with the chairs of the different working groups providing thematic updates. UNICEF continues to participate actively in the coordination meetings at the national level and in Beni (operational headquarters) and co-leads the commissions on communication, WASH and psychosocial care; and active in the working groups on logistics and vaccination. A UNICEF security specialist is also deployed in the field to support security assessment and safety of the operations.
Mabalako health zone remains the most concerning area for the response due to the high number of reported confirmed and probable cases. At present, three UNICEF staff members (Health, C4D, and driver) are deployed in Mabalako health zone supporting the Government and partners to put in place infection prevention and control activities in Mangina health area, of Mabalako health zone.