Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Aug 2, 2019 / 16:01 pm
Caritas Spain has mobilized 6,200 volunteers to fight the Ebola epidemic in the affected areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. To prevent its spread they have established 22 monitoring points on the border with Uganda and South Sudan.
More than 1,800 have been killed by DR Congo's Ebloa outbreak in the last year, and 2,700 have been infected. Last month the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a global health emergency.
Alicia Fernández, a technician with Caritas Spain, is in DR Congo and said that "the fight against Ebola must take place in the communities more than in the hospitals, awareness has to be raised in the communities on the importance of maintaining hygienic methods to prevent contagion and the spread of the illness."
Fernández also stressed the importance of the Church's action in the fight against this epidemic since "there is no other local actor that can do what the Church does," as it is "implanted in the life of the communities, living with them their day to day and therefore enjoys their trust and also because since the first known case it has been working to contain the outbreak."