The death toll from the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has exceeded 500, with authorities warning that continued support is needed from the international community in order to stop the outbreak.
According to the latest data from the World Health Organization (WHO), as of 12 February, 823 Ebola cases (762 confirmed and 61 probable) have been reported, including 517 deaths. Sixty-eight health workers have been infected.
Last week, the DRC’s Ministry of Health (MoH) launched a new strategic response plan (SRP 3) which sets out the response strategy, objectives and budget requirements for the MoH, WHO and all implementing partners for the next six months (February through July 2019). The activities within SRP 3 aim to stop the transmission of Ebola in North Kivu and Ituri provinces, and prevent its spread to other provinces and neighbouring countries. The MoH, WHO and partners are appealing for US$148 million in order to achieve the goals in the plan.
The WHO said that while the outbreak is currently continuing with “moderate intensity”, it is confident that it can be successfully brought to an end through strategies outlined in SRP 3.