On 1 August 2018, the DRC declared another EVD outbreak in North Kivu Province, which then spread to adjacent Ituri province. This outbreak has claimed more than 1,450 lives out of over 2,180 cases reported, including latest cases confirmed in neighbouring Uganda on 11 June 2019. CERF in August 2018 allocated $2.8 million to scale up rapid response activities. Following the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC)’s Humanitarian System-Wide Scale-Up activation on 29 May 2019 to address the continuing outbreak, the DRC Humanitarian Fund (HF) launched a reserve allocation through which $10 million is being allocated to NGO partners to strengthen community engagement, cut transmission chains and mitigate the disease’s impact on the affected population. CERF and the DRC HF are also supporting conflict-related and other humanitarian assistance in EVD-affected districts of DRC through additional funds to complement the Ebola response.
To boost EVD readiness capacities in high risk neighbouring countries of DRC, CERF allocated a total of $10.5 million between December 2018 and January 2019 to Burundi, Rwanda, South Sudan and Uganda to support UN agencies’ joint EVD preparedness and contingency plans. The South Sudan HF also allocated $2 million in late 2018 to scale up EVD readiness activities in health and logistics sectors. These funds have supported surveillance at points of entry and other prevention and control activities, pre-positioning of medical supplies and equipment, community-based risk communication, and related logistics services.