Providing this sort of sanitation infrastructure, working with leaders, training doctors, and combating misinformation has made a huge difference. Countless lives have been saved. It is inspiring work to see.
I left DR Congo with a hope that the worst of this deadly outbreak is behind us. Over the last few months the number of new cases has dropped dramatically. The last confirmed Ebola patient was released from treatment two weeks ago. We are now in a countdown to the official end of the outbreak.
Unfortunately the first cases of COVID-19 have now been detected in DR Congo. The country is also dealing with a huge measles outbreak. There is much more work to be done, but the fight against ebola shows that we have tackled disease outbreaks before and we can do it again.
In many other countries around the world where we work, COVID-19 is beginning to hit. We all face difficult weeks ahead. We are there and we are ready to protect people, and we will respond where needed across the world. The fight against ebola in DR Congo shows that these outbreaks can and will be beaten.
COVID-19 knows no borders and neither does your compassion. We know not everyone is in a position to support this work right now, but if you can, please consider supporting our Lent appeal. Your support means we can provide hygiene kits, testing kits, information campaigns and other projects to communities affected by COVID-19 in places like DR Congo, Somalia and Sierra Leone.
Garry Walsh is Communications & Content Officer with Trócaire.