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Ebola Outbreak

Public Health Emergency

Right now, the Ebola epidemic that has been raging in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is dangerously close to spreading out of control.

Over 2,000 people have been killed in DRC. More than 500 of these were children, and hundreds more children are infected.

The deadly disease is rapidly spreading, with recent cases in Uganda too. The outbreak is far from under control, there is real risk it could continue for at least another year - and it's children that are hardest hit.

Misinformation is one of the main barriers to curbing the spread of Ebola, but our teams are working within communities, helping children and their families understand how to protect themselves and others.

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What we're doing

For the past year, we’ve been working in the DRC and Uganda to help curb the spread of the disease. But in response to the recent rapid spread of the outbreak, we’re scaling up our existing activities to do whatever it takes to stop Ebola from spiralling out of control.

Staff from our expert Emergency Health Unit are on the ground now supporting the response.

In Uganda, we're:

  • helping health facilities to identify cases of the diseases and prevent transmission
  • training up community health workers on how to spot early warning signs and refer people to health facilities
  • raising awareness among local communities and in schools of the risk, including symptoms, treatment and how to prevent infection.

In DRC, we're continuing our lifesaving response, by:

  • supporting health facilities
  • constructing specialist Ebola screening areas,
  • travelling door-to-door to raise awareness in communities
  • tracing contacts of confirmed cases to make sure they access treatment in time.

By supporting our Emergency Fund, you can join the fight against EbolaYou can provide a lifeline to children caught up in this relentless crisis and emergencies around the world.

Getting the facts straight

Understanding the issue

This is the second largest Ebola outbreak in history and it's spreading fast. Find out more about Ebola and donate to our Emergency Fund to help us protect children affected by this crisis and others around the world.

Ebola is a virus that initially causes sudden fever, intense weakness, muscle pain and a sore throat. 

It progresses to vomiting, diarrhoea and both internal and external bleeding. 

Patients tend to die from dehydration and multiple organ failure.

People are infected when they have direct contact through broken skin, or the mouth and nose, with the blood, vomit, faeces or bodily fluids of someone with Ebola. 

An investigational vaccine, which has shown to be safe and protective against the Zaire strain of the Ebola virus, is recommended by the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization (SAGE)1 for use in Ebola outbreaks caused by the Zaire strain of the virus, in the event where there is no licensed vaccine. For more information on Ebola vaccination, visit the World Health Organisation's Ebola Virus Disease page

A health worker sits in a screening area in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo where there has been an outbreak of the Ebola virus.

Our emergency fund

This special reserve of money allows us to coordinate a humanitarian response so that in the event of an emergency - like the Ebola Crisis - we're able to act quickly and save countless lives.

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