WFP / DRC EBOLA

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The World Food Programme said it was providing critical operational support to the medical response teams and providing food assistance to Ebola contacts and their families as part of the effort to stem Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). WFP

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DATELINE: 19-25 FEBRUARY 2019, BENI / GOMA, NORTH KIVU, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

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19 FEBRUARY 2019, BENI, NORTH KIVU, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

1. Wide shots, Hopital Général de Référence de Beni exterior
2. Med shot, healthcare worker checking temperature
3. Wide shot, shoes being sprayed with antiseptic before enter Ebola Treatment Centre
4. Close up, shoes being sprayed with antiseptic before enter Ebola Treatment Centre
5. Various shots, isolation cubicles used to treat suspected and confirmed Ebola cases
6. Various shots, health workers in the ETC sterilizing clothes and equipment
7. Wide shot, Maurice Mutsunga Kakule walking into his home
8. SOUNDBITE (French) Dr Maurice Mutsunga Kakule, Doctor at Ebola Treatment Centre (ETC) Beni:
“After investigation we realized that the majority (of Ebola patients) recovered all the weight they had lost during illness. So the specialized nutritious food supplied by the World Food Programme is perfect for patients recovering from Ebola.”
9. Various shots, registration at WFP food distribution point
10. Close up, child having temperature checked
11. Various shots, WFP food distribution to Ebola contacts

25 FEBRUARY 2019, GOMA, NORTH KIVU, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

12. SOUNDBITE (English) Makena Walker, Head of Goma Office, World Food Programme (WFP):
“The needs are even more acute in the east where we have an outbreak of Ebola. We are providing food assistance to the affected as well as logistic support to the humanitarian community as a whole.”

20 FEBRUARY 2019, BENI, NORTH KIVU, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

13. Wide shot, UN Humanitarian Air Service plane landing
14. Tracking, UN Humanitarian Air Service staff member walking on runway
15. Various shots, people boarding helicopter
16. Wide shot, helicopter taking off

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The World Food Programme said it was providing critical operational support to the medical response teams and providing food assistance to Ebola contacts and their families as part of the effort to stem Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

WFP said after eight months of intense efforts to fight back the deadly epidemic, the tenth Ebola outbreak in DRC was not abating. The number of cases has surpassed 1300, the number of deaths has surpassed 870, and the number of new cases reported in Ebola hotspots is growing by the day.

Ebola is a public health emergency occurring within the broader humanitarian crisis of DRC. WFP said more than 13 million Congolese people are acutely food insecure, and it was providing assistance to more than five million people through a Level 3 emergency intervention. WFP said it urgently requires additional resources to manage these two crises simultaneously.

The Strategic Response Plan 3 for Ebola is in place for six months (February to July 2019) in the two Ebola affected provinces of Itiru and North Kivu with a budget of USD 147.9 million. The Ministry of Health is leading the response, with support from the World Health Organization (WHO) and other humanitarian actors.

WFP said its food assistance is delivered in all health zones subject to medical Ebola response, currently at 89 food distribution points across 21 health zones in Ituri and North Kivu.

WFP said it aimed to sustain the nutritional status of confirmed and suspected Ebola cases in Ebola treatment centres through its food assistance. It added that assisting registered Ebola contacts and their households also mitigates the risk of Ebola spreading further. It also wanted to ensure that discharged suspected patients, Ebola survivors and their families, as well as families of individuals deceased from Ebola receive assistance towards their recovery and reintegration into communities.

WFP said it was also enabling access to Ebola-affected areas for the entire response community through the WFP-managed UN Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS). Three additional aircrafts have been added to the fleet, enabling a timely support for medical responders to deploy quickly to newly Ebola affected areas. Ten new routes have also been established, 12,609 humanitarian workers and 184 metric tons of humanitarian cargo has been moved as part of the Ebola response by UNHAS.

With a very high risk of Ebola spreading to neighbouring countries, WFP said it was providing logistical support for emergency preparedness in four priority countries: Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan and Burundi. This includes support for border screening and isolation, logistics coordination, transport and storage for partners, and Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) design and construction.
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