United States announces $7.5 million to contain Ebola in DR Congo

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A boy is vaccinated against Ebola in Goma, DRC on August 7, 2019. The Democratic Republic of Congo on June 1, 2020 declared an eleventh outbreak of the Ebola virus disease. PHOTO | AUGUSTIN WAMENYA | AFP

The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), said it will provide more than $7.5 million in additional humanitarian assistance to help end the 11th outbreak of Ebola in DR Congo.

Earlier this week, WHO Africa Region announced that this latest outbreak, which was declared on June 1, has 74 confirmed cases so far.

According to a press statement from USAID, the funding will support Ebola survivors and maintain a rapid-response capacity in Eastern DRC, where the DRC’s 10th outbreak, also the second-largest outbreak of the disease in history was declared over in June 2020.

“Since August 2018, USAID has provided nearly $350 million for preparedness and response activities in the DRC and neighboring countries,” the statement said.

This additional assistance will include support for the deployment of rapid-response teams to remote areas, surveillance for cases of the disease, and treatment facilities.

Additionally, this assistance will help survivors facing stigmatization, as well as fund continued engagement with communities on prevention and post-outbreak training on safe and dignified burials.