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EFFO Project History in Rwanda

 Map of Rwanda (© Fotolia 65144177) Map of Rwanda (© Fotolia 65144177)

The Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in 2018 caused 3481 individuals to become ill and 2299 deaths. This outbreak in a neighboring country, raised emergency preparedness in Rwanda.

There have been several other recorded EVD outbreaks in the DRC between 2016 and 2022. The World Health Organization (WHO) defined the epidemic spreading risk beyond the country’s borders as high. This prompted preparations for possible EVD outbreaks in Rwanda to be intensified.

We started preparations in June 2018, at the University Teaching Hospital of Butare (CHUB) in Rwanda, where the EFFO initiated training sessions on EVD Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) management for hospital staff. Since then, a partnership between the EFFO project and the Rwanda Biomedical Center - RBC (the National Public Health Institute of Rwanda) has also been established.

We have continued expanding our activities in Rwanda through several projects within the EFFO program. Check them out here.

SicoR (2020-2021)

COVID-19 - a worldwide challenge. © RKIThe SicoR project covered activities focusing on strengthening Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) practices for high-consequence infectious diseases (e. g. Ebola virus disease) and emerging diseases (e. g. COVID-19) in healthcare facilities in Rwanda. 


EFFO - Health Care Facilities for Rwanda (2019-2020)

Abbildung EFFO - Health Care Facilities (© RKI)The EFFO-HCFs (Health Care Facilities) project was designed to provide acute support for health care facilities in high-risk districts of Rwanda.


EFFO Traning courses about Ebola Virus Disease in Rwanda (2018-2019)

Participants of the simulation exercise enter the temporary isolation area. © EFFOTo train hospital and health care workers dealing with suspected Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) cases, two simulation exercises in hospitals (August 2018 and February 2019) and a refresher course for the first trainer cohort (June 2019) were carried out.


EF­FO-COE Project


Train­ing Re­sources




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