November 9th, 2019 – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced it is providing nearly $56 million dollars in additional humanitarian assistance to combat the ongoing Ebola Zaire virus outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Announced in a press release on November 8, 2019, this USAID additional funding increases the USA’s total to more than $266 million since the beginning of the outbreak in the DRC during August 2018.
A total of 3,286 Ebola Zaire virus cases and 2,191 related fatalities have been reported in the DRC, as of November 9, 2019.
The USA is the largest single country donor to the Ebola response and is also funding critical preparedness efforts in the neighboring countries of the Republics of Burundi, Rwanda, South Sudan, and Uganda, and the United Republic of Tanzania, as well as in unaffected, but at-risk, areas of the DRC.
With this funding, the USA continues to provide life-saving assistance through on-the-ground partners, including activities to prevent and control infections in health facilities, enhanced surveillance for the disease, training for health-care workers, community-engagement efforts, the promotion of safe and dignified burials, and food to support people and communities affected by Ebola.
The U.S. Government has a Disaster-Assistance Response Team on the ground in the DRC made up of disaster and health experts from USAID and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Stopping the spread of Ebola requires a concerted, unified effort from the entire international community including the United Nations and regional governments – all in close partnership with the Government of the DRC and local communities.