Prevention and protection against the Ebola virus epidemic in endangered border areas of Senegal

Country: 
Senegal
Region: 
Départments Kolda et Vélingara, Casmance
Project Duration: 
01/09/2014 to 31/07/2015
Status: 
Completed
Donor(s): 
FAI (Flight Ambulance International)
Project Description: 

The Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) that broke out in Guinea in December 2013 has spread to several other West African countries and is being classified as a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern” by the World Health Organisation (WHO). 
In response to the threats posed by the spread of this disease, HOPE’87 launched a project in Senegal that aims at strengthening the prevention and protection mechanisms against the Ebola Virus Disease in the southern border areas of Senegal, namely in the seven rural communities of Linkéring, Pakour, Wassadou, Kounkané, Diaobé-Kabendou, Médina Chérif and Mampatim. The project fully supports the national response strategy against Ebola and aims at implementing the necessary measures, particularly in the rural areas of the aforementioned communities that have not yet been reached by preventive measures but are particularly at risk due to lack of awareness of transmission rates and uncontrolled border movements. The project approach integrates several components of preventive measures against the spread of EBV. On the one hand, it aims at training health staff in the region regarding the key facts, identification and transmission of EBV. Health posts in the targeted area are equipped with hygiene and protection kits. On the other hand, the project focuses on sensitisation and social mobilization of the targeted communities by informing and educating the general public about the nature of the disease, the containment strategy and required behavior during the epidemic.

Cross cutting issues: 

Capacity development