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Social Science in Humanitarian Action Key considerations: Ebola preparedness and readiness in Goma, DRC

Peyton, D.; I. Gercama and J. Bedford, Eds.: Social Science in Humanitarian Action: A Communication for Development Platform, (2019)

This brief summarises key considerations about the social, political and economic context of Goma in relation to the outbreak of Ebola in the DRC as of March 2019. Goma is the administrative capital of North Kivu province and a major urban centre in the Great Lakes Region. The city is home to an estimated 1.5 million people and serves as an important economic and transportation hub that links eastern Congo to the broader East African sub-region. The arrival of Ebola in Goma would substantially increase the at-risk population and heighten the potential for cross-border transmission to neighbouring countries, particularly Rwanda. This brief therefore focuses on local social and political structures that can be leveraged to promote preparedness and readiness actions.

WHO Regional strategic plan for EVD operational readiness and preparedness in countries neighboring the Democratic Republic of the Congo June 2018 – February 2019

World Health Organization WHO, (2018)

The Strategic plan aims to ensure alignment of preparedness and readiness actions in the nine countries focusing on eight technical areas: strengthening multisectoral coordination; surveillance for early detection; laboratory diagnostic capacity; points of entry; rapid response teams; risk communication, social mobilization and community engagement; case management and infection prevention and control (IPC) capacities; and, operations support and logistics. The purpose of the WHO Regional Strategic Plan is to ensure that the countries bordering the Democratic Republic of the Congo are prepared and ready to implement timely and effective risk mitigation, detection and response measures should there be any importation of EVD cases.

Recommandations aux personnes et aux familles dans les zones touchées par le virus Ebola

Organisation Mondiale de la Santé OMS, (2014)

Ces recommandations donnent aux personnes et aux familles vivant dans les zones touchées par le virus Ebola l'essentiel des conduites à tenir pour se protéger d'une maladie mortelle

Liste de contrôle consolidée pour se préparer à faire face à la maladie à virus Ebola (MVE). Revision 1

Organisation mondiale de la Santé (OMS), (2015)

Cette liste de contrôle devrait aider les pays à évaluer et à tester leur niveau de préparation pour faire face à la propagation de maladie à virus Ebola. Elle doit également servir d'outil pour identifier des actions concrètes à prendre et les moyens pour la communauté internationale de les appuyer pour combler les lacunes potentiellement existantes.
Elle recense 10 composantes et tâches essentielles à mettre en oeuvre à la fois par les pays et la communauté internationale dans les 30, 60 et 90 jours respectivement suivant sa date de publication. Les exigences minimales en termes d'équipements et de matériel ainsi que les ressources humaines nécessaires sont définies.

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