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Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever In Uganda

As of 1 November, the Ugandan Ministry of Health has reported cumulative figures of 251 cases including 80 deaths from the Ebola virus.

A logistician from the International Rescue Committee will be joining the task force in Gulu district. He will be assisting the Ugandan District Medical Office with the management of supplies and general transport, as well as with the deployment of people and teams in the task force.

The team in Gulu is carrying out its work through these major areas of activity: coordination and logistics; case management; epidemiological surveillance; public education; laboratory; and media relations.  Several organizations are participating in these activities in Gulu district and at national level through the National Task Force for the Control of Viral Haemorrhagic Fevers:

Gulu District

  • Ugandan Ministry of Health (District Medical Office staff and Gulu Hospital)
  • Ugandan Local Government Officials
  • Ugandan Local Education and Information Offices
  • Ugandan People's Defense Forces
  • Action Contre la Faim (ACF)
  • African Medical and Research Foundation(AMREF-Flying Doctors)
  • Agency for Coordination in Research and Development (ACORD-UK)
  • Catholic Relief Services
  • Lacor Hospital (Hospital in Gulu supported by Italian Cooperation)
  • Istituto Superiore di Sanità (ISS, Italy)
  • Médecins sans Frontières -International and Epicentre
  • Radio Freedom (Gulu)
  • Red Cross (International Committee and National Society)
  • Save the Children (Denmark)
  • US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • World Food Programme (Nairobi)
  • World Health Organization (Headquarters, Country and African Regional Offices)
  • World Vision

National Task Force for the Control of Viral Haemorrhagic Fevers

  • Ugandan Ministry of Health
  • International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
  • UNICEF
  • United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID)
  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • World Health Organization (Headquarters, Country and African Regional Offices)

In addition to all the participants mentioned in above, the government of Japan is supporting the containment of the outbreak in Uganda by making available two clinicians from the National Institute of Infectious Diseases and from Sendai Quarantine Station who have arrived in Gulu to work with the case management team.


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