Equipping IFRC to Respond to the DRC Ebola Outbreak

Crisis context 10th Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Geographical scopeDemocratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
Project periodJuly – August 2019
Donors/partnersInternational Federation of Red Cross (IFRC)
BudgetUSD 7,000
# Leads:236
# Entries:3,276   
Analysis framework used: IFRC’s Analytical Framework – EVD Review
ProblemDFS’ solution
Immediately after the end of the 9th Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the Ministry of Health declared the 10th epidemic of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) in North Kivu had begun. 2018 marked the biggest Ebola outbreak in the country’s history and the second-largest ever in recorded history. The impact of the disease was exacerbated by the fact that it was taking place in an active conflict zone. 
By the time the outbreak ended in June 2020, there were 3470 cases, 2287 deaths, and 1171 survivors. 
To evaluate its response measures and address ongoing activities, IFRC sought to analyze information from multiple sources to evaluate the decisions taken in the crisis. The Federation needed to know if the organization had scaled its response to the crisis effectively, and positioned itself to rapidly address humanitarian needs in key Ebola-response sectors (Safe and Dignified Burials, Infection Prevention and Control, Community Engagement and Accountability including Risk Communication).
DFS helped IFRC structure information from multiple secondary documents and sources based on a comparative analysis gathered from the previous Ebola outbreak.
The project included both of DRC’s affected areas – North Kivu and Equateur province. 
Tagging and secondary data analysis of information from a variety of sources including appeals, operations updates, minutes of Joint Task Forces, field assessments and reports, minutes of coordination meetings enabled IFRC to document their findings and recommendations for future actions. The organization was able to evaluate timeliness, efficiency, effectiveness, and the coordination of its response in comparison to past events. This allowed the team to confirm if the decisions taken by the Federation positioned the organization effectively, providing the right process to scale up operations, and to rapidly address humanitarian needs in key Ebola-response sectors.