Authorities authorities within the Democratic Republic of the Congo say 250 colleges in North Kivu and Ituri provinces will open their doorways to greater than 82,500 kids when the brand new college 12 months begins Monday.
These areas are the epicenter of the most recent Ebola epidemic in DRC. The Ebola virus is extraordinarily contagious. It may well unfold shortly by direct contact with blood and different bodily fluids of contaminated folks.
UNICEF says it’s scaling up operations within the area to advertise prevention measures. It says college principals and lecturers will obtain coaching on Ebola prevention and safety and on easy methods to educate kids on good hygiene practices to keep away from the unfold of the virus.
Spokesman Christophe Boulierac mentioned UNICEF and its companions had reached greater than 2 million folks with Ebola prevention messages for the reason that begin of the outbreak on August 1.
“An rising variety of communities at the moment are aware of Ebola and … they know higher easy methods to forestall its transmission,” Boulierac mentioned. “The energetic involvement of involved communities is essential to stopping the unfold of the illness. So, we’re working carefully with them to advertise handwashing and good hygiene practices.”
In response to the most recent World Well being Group estimates, there have been 116 circumstances of Ebola, together with 77 deaths, within the DRC. UNICEF mentioned kids make up an unusually excessive proportion of individuals affected by the illness. It famous that 24 p.c of confirmed circumstances have been in folks below age 24.
Boulierac mentioned greater than 150 psychosocial employees had been skilled to assist consolation kids contaminated with the illness in remedy facilities. He mentioned additionally they would help kids who have been discharged as freed from Ebola however have been liable to stigmatization upon returning to their communities.