Ebola in DRC
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), current epidemiological indicators highlight that the Ebola virus is continuing to spread within the DRC. The virus is especially present within the provinces of North-Kivu and Ituri. Not only are health care centers flooded, the epidemic is also causing panic amongst people. Therefore, The Salvation Army started a project in seven communities within North-Kivu and Ituri with the aim to limit the possibility of the Ebola virus spreading, contribute to reduce levels of stress by improving knowledge on the epidemic and fight against the stigma surrounding Ebola.
Hygiene kits and education
The Salvation Army provided 100 health centers, 380 schools and 120 churches and mosques with hygiene kits. Hygiene measures are key to preventing further spreading of the Ebola virus so the use of these hand wash kits will be monitored to ensure that people are actually using them. Furthermore, educational materials will be provided to 60 trainers. They will in turn train 360 community leaders and 6000 teachers, health workers and church leaders on measures of Ebola virus prevention and how to take care of the victims. Community leaders will receive support in training their community in identifying the virus, how to accompany victims’ families and follow-up the people who have been in contact with Ebola.