Dr. Jean-Jacques Muyembe, coordinator of the national committee in charge of the Ebola response, has stated that—if no new cases arise—the epidemic could be declared over on April 12. However, the WHO has warned that there is a "very real risk" of new cases emerging.
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has been an active player in the Ebola response, caring for patients in two Ebola treatment centers (ETCs) in Beni and Goma, as well as numerous decentralized isolation and transit facilities where people with suspected cases of Ebola are tested before going to a treatment center if needed. MSF closed its Ebola activities in Mabalako and Bunia at the end of January 2020. By the end of February 2020, MSF had also wound down its support to the Mayuano and Somé health areas.
MSF supports infection prevention and control (IPC) in local health care facilities and vaccination activities in the region. Our main priorities are assessing community health needs, providing timely health care to Ebola patients, ensuring appropriate IPC standards in health care facilities, and improving access to and quality of non-Ebola-related health care.
In all our projects, we put patients and communities first and engage with local people and existing health centers to identify needs and prioritize activities. In addition to integrated isolation and treatment facilities for patients with suspected Ebola, MSF also strengthens health care capacities; builds infrastructure for clean water, sanitation, and hygiene; and invests in community outreach and health messaging in health centers across the region.
|People admitted to MSF-supported Ebola facilities||11,312|
|Total confirmed cases||388|
|People vaccinated - rVSV-ZEBOV (Merck)||7,000+ (300,330 total)|
|People vaccinated - Ad26.ZEBOV/MVA-BN-Filo (Johnson & Johnson), 1st dose||9,923 (20,339 total)|