In 2014, while Ebola was rampaging through West African countries, the Democratic Republic of Congo experienced an Ebola outbreak in the Province of Tshuapa. Boende, the Capital of Tshuapa, was the action center for this outbreak. INCEF activated teams out of both Boende and Monkoto who had previously worked on the prevention of both Ebola and Monkeypox. With financial support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, our quick response was crucial to containing and quelling the outbreak. It was officially announced as over in late October of 2014.
INCEF began their work with CDC 2008 in the north of the Republic of Congo in the Likouala region where Monkeypox was traveling across the Ubangui River with the influx of refugees escaping instability in DRC. Three teams of educators from Brazzaville traveled with Medicine D'Afrique and CDC to disseminate films on Monkeypox.
INCEF has now recruited and trained additional educators in Boende DRC who are working regularly with the CDC and Kinshasa School of Public Health to prevent the spread of Monkeypox in Tshuapa Province. On October 17th, 2015 those teams set out for a town calle Bokungu. They are back in Boende now and we will put up the results of their work in the coming weeks.
Since the effort to educate rural villagers began , INCEF has reached more than 140,000 people in 217 rural villages with messages on how to recognize symptoms, prevent infection, and what can and should be done once symptoms of both Ebola and Monkeypox are detected.
LIST OF FILMS