June 8, 2018
On May 8, the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) declared an Ebola virus disease outbreak. As of June 6, a total of 60 suspected cases of Ebola virus disease, including 27 deaths, has been reported. In response to this outbreak, on May 29, Japan dispatched a team to assess the situation for consideration of possible assistance. WHO, UNICEF, USCDC, MSF and other international organizations have started providing assistance in the DRC.
Based on the assessment, on June 5, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Taro Kono, decided the dispatch of the JDR Infectious Diseases Response Team to the DRC. JICA is now preparing for the dispatch of the Team. The team will depart from Japan on June 11.
The team consists of specialists on epidemiology and medical laboratory. Their main activities are 1) to support laboratory confirmation 2) to strengthen surveillance system at Kinshasa.