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Training Red Cross volunteers to tackle Ebola

Training Red Cross volunteers to tackle Ebola

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is currently grappling with the second largest Ebola outbreak in history.

There is still a real risk that the virus in North Kivu could spread into other provinces and neighbouring countries - Burundi, Rwanda, South Sudan or Uganda - especially as violence and insecurity push people to move and makes it more complicated to trace and isolate cases and hinders the response efforts in certain areas.

Safe and dignified burials is one of the major components of the Red Cross’ response in North Kivu, DRC and is critical to helping end the virus.

The Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement has taken a leading role in conducting safe and dignified burials in many health emergencies, most notably during the worst Ebola outbreak in history in West Africa. Safe and dignified burials was critical to halting the spread of the virus, saving thousands of lives.

IFRC and its partners hosted a regional safe and dignified burial training of trainers in Nairobi, Kenya, which brought together representatives from Red Cross National Societies across Africa.

This is a critical step in ensuring National Societies are stronger, well equipped and better prepared not only for the current outbreak in DRC, but also for future pandemics and epidemics. The participants from this training will go on to train many more staff and volunteers in their own countries and in future health emergencies.

UK aid is supporting the Red Cross to provide provide safe and dignified burials for victims of the Ebola virus disease, as well as treatment for those suffering with it and community awareness training to help prevent the spread of the outbreak.

Picture: IFRC

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Photo taken on 26 February 2019 (© DFID - UK Department for International Development / Flickr)

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