The most recent outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) affects children in a fairly high proportion, warned the United Nations Children”s Fund (UNICEF).
In the province of North Kivu, two children died due to the disease and six are treated for the same condition. In addition, 53 orphaned children have lost their parents due to Ebola, according to the report of that entity.
‘The children affected by the ongoing epidemic need special attention and care,’ said Dr. Gianfranco Rotigliano, UNICEF Representative in the DRC.
He also stated that ‘Women are the primary caregivers for children, so if they are infected with the disease, there is a greater risk that children and families become vulnerable.’
The UNICEF and its partners have trained 88 psychosocial workers to assist and comfort children in health centers, and to support children who have been discharged as free of Ebola, but may be at risk of stigmatization within the community.