Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) first worked in Uganda in 1986. Today, our teams in Uganda provide HIV care and support victims of sexual and gender-based violence. We also offer sexual and reproductive health services tailored to the younger patients’ needs in our Kasese Youth Clinic.
Since September 20, 2022, the day the Ebola epidemic was declared in Uganda, MSF has been working alongside the Ministry of Health to support medical care in the country.
We already know that the fight against this Ebola outbreak will bring several challenges and it will force all stakeholders to design a response adapted to the relatively rare strain of Ebola Sudan. Unlike the Zaire strain, there is for example no vaccine nor treatment proven effective so far. Vaccine candidates and antiviral treatment exist, but at an experimental stage. The World Health Organisation (WHO) and Uganda Ministry of Health (MOH) are getting ready to set-up clinic trials soon and MSF expressed its availability to support.
What we can say from our experience responding to Ebola outbreaks is that other factors are of great influence on the epidemiologic trend and that this is crucial to work on these aspects to contain the disease. These are for example:
MSF is focusing its response on three areas. Teams of doctors, nurses, logisticians, infection prevention and control (IPC) specialists, and health promoters are currently working to limit the spread of the epidemic, reduce mortality, and facilitate epidemiological monitoring, research, and innovation.
The Ugandan Ministry of Health has today (11 January) declared the end of the seventh Ebola outbreak which started on 20 September 2022.
Médecins Sans Frontières/ Doctors Without Borders (MSF), has completed a new 32-bed Ebola treatment centre next to the capital’s Mulago National Referral Hospital
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams are involved in supporting the Uganda Ministry of Health (MOH) in Ebola case management and are carrying out health promotion, a major pillar in fighting the disease. Outreach activities take place in Mubende and Kasanda, where the first cases were identified this September, and in Kampala and Masaka.
As of October 23, 90 patients were confirmed with Ebola and 28 people were reported to have died from the disease
The Ugandan Ministry of Health has confirmed 43 cases of Ebola and reported 29 deaths (nine confirmed deaths from the disease and 20 probable). MSF is working with the Ministry of Health to set up an initial emergency response to help stop the disease from spreading further.
MSF has set up treatment units in Mubende and Madudu
"Because without MSF, maybe I’d be dead. Like my brothers, like my cousins, like all the people who didn’t make it "