At the end of May, a total of 1,945 Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) cases had been reported in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, with 1,302 deaths (case fatality rate of 67 per cent). The risk of EVD spreading to South Sudan remained very high, but there were no confirmed cases. Efforts continued to expand and consolidate prevention and readiness under the National EVD Preparedness Plan. Emerging priorities included strengthening interconnectedness with wider humanitarian programming; reinforcing and expanding surveillance, including through community engagement and community-based reporting; complementing EVD supplies and training with supportive supervision, mentoring and monitoring; enhancing linkages between national and sub-national efforts, with more support to partners and closer attention to constraints in the field; and ensuring access in hard-to-reach and insecure areas. The Plan remained underfunded, with a further US$13.8 million urgently needed to ensure that preparedness targets are met. Case management and risk communication faced the largest shortfalls.
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs