CHF 107,056 from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) was allocated to support the Uganda Red Cross Society in delivering immediate assistance directly to 100 households affected by Ebola (585 affected people) and 3,628,390 people indirectly.
Summary: An outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever was confirmed in Luwero district after tests from Uganda Virus Research Institute came positive for Ebola Sudan on two samples collected by PCR and serology.
A DREF was launched on the 23 November to provide financial resources to Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) to respond through house-to-house health promotion campaigns, psychosocial services delivery, media campaign, Information Education Communication (IEC) material’s in Luwero, Nakaseke, Nakasongola, Wakiso and Kampala districts for three months.
All the URCS affected branches collectively mobilized 150 volunteers, who have been engaged in the communities for the outbreak control activities and psychosocial support. The volunteers have undertaken intensified health education and promotion campaigns at household levels to improve on community knowledge of the symptoms and signs of the disease, as well as the procedure to follow for protecting the household members and ensure appropriate referral of suspected cases.
Contacts of all suspected and confirmed cases were followed up by the volunteers on a daily basis to monitor the development of symptoms for the mandatory 21 days of follow up, and those who developed symptoms were immediately referred.
Uganda’s Ministry of Health (MoH) and World Health Organization (WHO) declared Luwero district Ebola-free on 16 January 2013.