The IRC was at the forefront of the fight to contain the deadly Ebola virus during the outbreak in Liberia and Sierra Leone in 2014. Most recently we responded to outbreaks in the Democratic Republic of Congo, strengthening infection control practices in health facilities, as well as training and mentoring health care workers.
The IRC has been working with the Congolese government and the World Health Organization and its partners on the ground to contain the outbreak by sending a team of infection-control specialists, environmental health experts and medical logisticians to support existing health facilities. The goal: to strengthen prevention and control by helping facilities to identify and isolate Ebola cases in addition to providing lifesaving non-Ebola health services.
The confirmation of a case of Ebola in Beni, eastern Congo on Apr. 10, 2020 is tragic and comes just as the people of Congo were preparing to celebrate the end of this disease after nearly two years.