MAF's Ebola response in the DRC - update

MAF's Ebola response in the DRC - update

MAF continues to assist in the response to the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Our West DRC Programme Manager Nick Frey sends this update.

3 October 2014

MAF continues to assist in the response to the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Our West DRC Programme Manager Nick Frey sends this update.

The DRC is a high-risk country for the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). The current outbreak was confirmed by the Minister of Health (MoH) on 26 August 2014.

According to a report from the World Health Organisation (WHO), as of 21 September 2014, there have been 68 cases of Ebola in this outbreak, 41 of which were fatal. This is a different strain of the virus than currently encountered in West Africa.

All cases in the DRC have been located in Djera county of Boende territory in the Equateur Province, 750 miles northeast of the capital Kinshasa and nearly 200 miles east of the province’s capital Mbandaka. Cases have been reported in WatsiKengo, Lokolia, Boende and Boende Moke. (Source: WFP Logistics Cluster, DRC Situation Update 22 September 2014)

MAF has been involved by offering logistics support and flight operations from Kinshasa Ndolo airport to Boende with occasional stops in Mbandaka or Semendua for refueling/passengers. MAF has been working with WFP, MoH, WHO, and other agencies to coordinate efforts in the fight against Ebola.

As of 30 September 2014 MAF has operated the following Ebola-related flights to Boende:

Date Passengers Cargo (kg) Flight hours Nautical miles
18 Aug 4 552 6.3 884
30 Aug 8 280 6.5 894
2 Sep 3 522 6.7 897
10 Sep 9 302 6.2 846
17 Sep 7 551 4.6 846
20 Sep 10 218 6.3 846
23 Sep 7 175 6.3 869
30 Sep 13 692 6.3 846
TOTALS 61 3,292 49.2 6,928

We look forward to more collaboration as we all work together towards a common objective.

Our aircraft and personnel are available to serve the needs in DRC.

Best,

Nick Frey MAF Programme Manager, West DRC