Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock today announced a quick initial allocation of $ 15 million from the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) in response to the worrisome Ebola outbreaks in Guinea and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). .
This is the first time Ebola has been recorded in Guinea since the last outbreak ended in 2016. The outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is in the same area as the 10th Ebola epidemic that claimed more than 2,200 lives between August. 2018 and June 2020.
“Breaking the chain of transmission is the priority, so I am freeing up quick funding for community involvement, infection prevention and control, and vaccination,” said Mr. Lowcock.
The funding will help the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Guinea respond to the outbreak and help neighboring countries prepare. Detailed allocation decisions will be made in the coming days as we receive more details on specific requirements, needs and risks.
In Guinea, to date, 10 suspected cases have been registered. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, there are four confirmed cases, including two deaths.
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