IMA’s leadership in the 2018-2020 Ebola outbreak response included delivery of nearly $1 million in personal protective equipment (PPE) to frontline healthcare workers, the establishment of 78 Ebola triage and isolation units, and installation of water supply and hygiene systems at 164 health clinics. Funded by USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA), IMA’s Ebola Virus Disease in North Kivu and Ituri: Strengthening Community Prevention, Response, and Recovery project supported community-based prevention and response in 25 of the most affected health areas, where more than 387,000 people were at risk. This included extensive training in community-based surveillance and training more than 1,000 religious and community leaders on Ebola messaging, a key strategy for building community trust.
Further, IMA and its partners ensured the continuity of essential health services during this severe, prolonged humanitarian crisis. IMA continued to support Ebola containment and recover with the Ebola Virus Disease in DRC: Strengthening Community Prevention, Response, and Recovery project. IMA led a comprehensive Ebola prevention and response program in 10 health zones of eastern DRC that addressed the issues of insufficient health services, lack of trust in the response and in communication around the disease, and inadequate prevention and control measures. IMA’s multi-pronged program addressed urgent needs to end the Ebola epidemic and prevent its resurgence through community outreach and mobilization, social and behavior change communications in schools and places of worship, health facility-based infection prevention and control, WASH and waste management in health facilities, and a “wrap around” strategy which provided critical training, supplies, and support to implement a primary healthcare (PHC) package addressing leading drivers of maternal and child mortality.