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July 2, 2018

Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: Return of the Japan Disaster Relief Infectious Diseases Response Team

photoDiscussion with quarantine officer at the provisional quarantine at Bende Bende, Maluku
photoTraining of transferring Ebola suspected patient
photoConfirming the process of laboratory diagnosis
photoLaboratory diagnosis of Ebola suspected cases at INRB

The Japan Disaster Relief (JDR) Infectious Diseases Response Team completed its activities in the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and has returned to Japan on June 30.

1. In close cooperation with the Ministry of Health of the DRC and international organizations, the JDR team assisted local efforts in tackling the Ebola virus disease outbreak and conducted various assistances for strengthening surveillance system and laboratory confirmation capabilities in Kinshasa from June 11 to June 28, 2018.

・Strengthening surveillance system
The Team supported set-up of the provisional quarantine at Bende Bende, Maluku, management of the data collected at Points of Entry (PoEs) and capacity development for 30 quarantine officers and 10 epidemiologists through Training of Trainers (ToT).

・Strengthening laboratory confirmation capabilities
The Team contributed to the improvement of diagnostic laboratory services, including training of 3 Ebola lab staffs in National Institute of Biomedical Research (INRB) .

2. On June 28, the team paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Health for reporting its activities. The Government of DRC has expressed its gratitude to the JDR team’s support.

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