An additional US$10 million needed to implement the 2020 Ebola operational plan
Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) preparedness activities for the new period from January to June 2020, have been the subject of intense planning work throughout December 2019 and January 2020. The Ministry of Public Health and the Fight Against AIDS, with the support of the World Health Organization (WHO), OCHA, other UN agencies, and a number of INGOs, have updated the EVD contingency plan and revised the 72 hour response plan, as well as standard operating procedures. An estimated US$10 million will be needed to cover all the planned EVD preparedness activities for this period, of which US$5 million is already available. It is expected that the revised operational plan will be validated once the budget is finalized, likely before the end of January 2020.
As in the last semester (July-December 2019), the EVD preparedness activities will focus on screening travellers coming from the Democratic Republic of Congo, further strengthening capacities (for example training health workers on EVD case management) and providing equipment to hospitals and other health facilities. Further awareness-raising campaigns on EVD will be conducted to engage local communities, and simulation exercises will be undertaken to train and test actors involved in EVD preparedness. Coordination platforms will be established in priority health districts, and the construction and operationalization of the Public Health Emergency Operations Centre, the Ebola Treatment Centre in Mudubugu and the Triage and Isolation Centre in Gatumba will be finalized.
In-depth training for rapid response teams and laboratory technicians will prioritized, for which funds will need to be mobilized.
WHO, UN agencies and INGOs are engaged in resource mobilization to address identified gaps. Donors such as DFID, USAID, Irish Aid, Korean Aid, the Government of China, among others, have already made available US$5 million to fund certain activities in 2020.
So far, US$18,6 million has been received since Burundi began its preparedness activities. The humanitarian community is thankful for this generous support.