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EFFO has been active in Rwanda since June 2018. Since the beginning of the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo - a neighbouring country of Rwanda - more than 3,000 people in the provinces of North Kivu,Ituri and South Kivu have fallen ill with Ebola virus disease and more than 2,000 have died.

The World Health Organization (WHO) considers the risk of the epidemic spreading beyond the country's borders into Rwanda to be very high. After a first case occurred in mid-July 2019 in Goma, a city of more than a million inhabitants close to the border, preparations for a possible outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Rwanda were further intensified.

As early as June 2018, the EFFO project began training hospital staff at the University Teaching Hospital of Butare (CHUB) in Rwanda in infection prevention and how to deal with suspect cases of Ebola Virus Disease. These trainings took place in cooperation with the hospital partnership between the Institute of Tropical Medicine and International Health of the Charité (Berlin, Germany) and CHUB. Since then the cooperation with CHUB and subsequently also with the Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC), the National Public Health Institute of Rwanda, has intensified. At the request of RBC, the EFFO project supports the implementation of further training activities for health personnel and the training of trainers within the framework of a cooperation agreement.

Date: 20.09.2019





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