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Mugyeni Adam, a Uganda Red Cross volunteer helping to stop the spread of Ebola

Mugyeni Adam, a Uganda Red Cross volunteer helping to stop the spread of Ebola

The Uganda Red Cross has trained community-based volunteers to educate communities about Ebola, and to recognize the signs of the virus to alert the authorities for follow up.

Through Uganda Red Cross’ extensive network of community-based volunteers, a powerful surveillance system has been set up, in coordination with other actors and the Ministry of Health. This system helps stop the virus’ spread, detecting outbreaks before they happen.

With the help of the ‘Kobo Collect’ Mobile App, these cases are logged and are instantly shared with local health authorities for rapid action. If a case is detected the person can receive prompt treatment and the disease can be contained. This enables the reporting of any epidemic alerts in real time with low costs and resources.

Only weeks after the training, volunteers like Mugenyi Adam, have already sent out alerts to their supervisor.

“I am proud that the community trusts me already and in case of any suspicions, I am the first one they call. This is what makes me proud – the response is so, so fast.”

UK aid is supporting the Red Cross to provide community awareness training like this, as well as to provide safe and dignified burials for victims of the Ebola virus disease.

Picture: IFRC

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Photo taken on 17 December 2018 (© DFID - UK Department for International Development / Flickr)

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