On Call in Action: Ebola Outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo

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Ebola Outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo
In early May 2018, the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) officially declared an Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak. As initial containment efforts began, there were reports and indicators that the outbreak was beginning to spread and could also potentially reach more urban centers of the DRC. Concerned about a mission trip scheduled later that month, Melanie*, a U.S.-based NGO group leader, reached out to On Call International for help.

On Call to the Rescue
On Call’s security team had been actively monitoring the Ebola outbreak crisis. When Melanie requested a consultation, our Global Security Specialists were able to provide an initial assessment and situation update on the outbreak.

Moving forward with a consultation, On Call’s Medical and Security Teams consolidated information, intelligence, and resources to formulate an action plan based on the institution’s overall risk profile, threshold, and operating capacities. Melanie was then able to take into consideration and implement our recommendations –which were to postpone the mission to ensure adequate protection and duty of care to her travelers.

A Sound Decision
After reviewing the recommendation and discussing with our security team, Melanie and her organization decided to postpone the trip until a later date. She was thankful to have On Call to help her analyze the situation and make an informed decision on behalf of her travelers and her organization.

*Names have been changed to protect traveler privacy.

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