Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: Return of the Japan Disaster Relief Infectious Diseases Response Team
July 2, 2018
1. 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.
2. 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. The Team supported point of entry set-up at quarantine Bende Bende Maluku, data management and capacity development for 30 quarantine officers and 10 epidemiologists through Training of Trainers (ToT). In addition, the Team contributed to the improvement of diagnostic laboratory services, including training of 3 Ebola lab staffs in National Institute of Biomedical Research (INRB).
3. The Government of DRC has repeatedly expressed its gratitude to the JDR team’s support.