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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.

Ebola: Prise en charge clinique des cas d'Ebola

Organisation Mondiale de la Santé OMS, (2018)

Aperçu: Cette formation complète de niveau intermédiaire est destinée aux agents de santé de première ligne qui s’occupent de cas suspects ou confirmés de maladie à virus Ebola (MVE). Elle porte sur les domaines suivants : transmission de la MVE (en s’intéressant en particulier aux mesures de lutte contre l’infection) ; diagnostic de la maladie ; et prise en charge des cas, avec une présentation générale des centres de traitement d’Ebola (CTE) et des informations sur les traitements expérimentaux. Ces modules présentent des stratégies complètes sur la sécurité des patients et des agents de soins et la préparation à la riposte. La formation pourra être utile aux cliniciens de tout secteur du système de santé, notamment ceux qui travaillent dans des postes de santé, prodiguent des soins de santé primaires ou sont employés par des hôpitaux nationaux ou de district. Une attention particulière est accordée aux soins dispensés dans les CTE. Objectifs d’apprentissage : À la fin de ce cours, vous serez capable de : identifier les patients présentant des signes et des symptômes de MVE ; comprendre la transmission de la MVE ; comprendre les grands volets de la prise en charge clinique de la MVE ; connaître les stratégies de lutte contre l’infection; préparer les établissements, la population et les agents de santé à la riposte à la maladie à virus Ebola ; et gérer les déchets de façon sécurisée et de procéder à des inhumations sans risque et dans la dignité. Durée du cours : Environ 8 heures. Enroll:

Comment retirer des gants

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC, (2018)

Afin de vous protéger, suivez ces étapes pour retirer des gants

Ebola: GO 2.0

World Health Organization WHO, (2018)

All personnel responding to Ebola outbreaks need to have basic knowledge and skills in order to mount an effective response. The GO training package was developed for WHO deployees so they can work safely and effectively as part of the teams bringing outbreaks under control. The learning package consists of 7 modules, which include video lectures and downloadable presentations that have been updated with the latest information and developments. It begins with an introduction to Ebola virus disease before moving to the response strategy and essential information related to working for WHO. The GO materials are designed to complement the ePROTECT training, which is available here:

Ebola: Clinical management of Ebola virus disease

World Health Organization (WHO), (2018)

This comprehensive intermediate level course is for clinicians caring for patients with suspected or confirmed Ebola virus disease (EVD). Modules provide information on screening and triage, infection prevention and control, laboratory diagnostics, organization of the Ebola Treatment Centre (ETC), clinical care of patients in the ETC, and investigational therapeutic agents. Learning objectives: By the end of this training course, participants should be able to: describe screening of patients to identify suspect cases and safely transfer them for ongoing care to an ETC; understand infection prevention and control strategies: standard and contract precautions and use of personal protective equipment for various contexts; understand safe waste management and how to perform a safe and dignified burial; understand how to collect patient samples for Ebola and other laboratory tests; understand the various Ebola tests available and the importance of other routine laboratory tests for patient management; understand the structure, functioning, and procedures of an ETC; understand the main components of clinical management of patients with EVD; and describe the WHO framework for using investigational therapeutic agents in an outbreak. Enroll for the course:

Preferred product characteristics for personal protective equipment for the health worker on the frontline responding to viral hemorrhagic fevers in tropical climates

World Health Organization, (2018)

The scope of this PPC document is to serve as a guide to address the unmet public health need for a PPE system that protects the HW-F in tropical climate s while caring for patients and providing heavy duty essential health services. The characteristics described in this guidance are targeted for PPE used in health clinics, hospitals and communities in low resource settings where there is lack of advanced environmental controls and equipment. The purpose is to ensure harmonization in PPE design and its use to avoid confusion and exacerbating the risk of infections in HW-F. The principles of this PPC document can also be considered in risk reduction strategies in other healthcare settings.

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