Novel coronavirus (113) COVID-19 reported in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, fear and worry

11 March, 2020

Dear all,

Since yesterday, March 10, the first case tested positive to COVID-19 is reported in Kinshasa, capital city of DRC, .whether the announce makes fear, public health experts et general community are worried considering low country health system and unfinished of Ebola Viruses Disease outbreak.

On ground, citizens are following COVID-19 outbreak since its debut in China and current spreading in developed world.

The fear is growing, as social fact, poverty informs that majority of Congolese are called to work daily to satisfy their livelihood. In Kinshasa city as other across in- country cities, it is very hard to ask people to stay at home, very hard to reduce contact between people and beyond hard to enforce people containment at home.

We believe in the force of awareness campaign, the public sector can from now, mobilize medias and other communication channels, to inform general population on hygienic measures undertake, how to avoid, alerts signs and symptoms and announces selected hospitals for health care management.

We believe that the situation will be contained; otherwise we need to be prepared to fight together in countrywide frontline.

Andre Shongo Diamba

HIFA profile: Andre Shongo Diamba is a Medical Doctor, holder of MPH-International Health from Tulane University (USA), Founder and Director atPHOrg � Public Health Organization.

PHOrg is a Congolese (Democratic Republic of Congo - DRC) NGO of Health System strengthening; country health system, specific fields health system (Emergency, Reproductive Health, Family Planning, etc.) or Disease health system. By using Information and communication technologies supports, PHOrg shares information in health in all DRC 26 provinces via focal points charged to disseminate them at their local networks. One by one, thematic related to the quality of health care services provided, human resources in health, information system, vaccines, medicines and technologies, health financing mechanisms, and leadership and governance are discussed and updated. PHOrg envisions the Primary Health Care in the path of Universal Health Coverage in DRC.

He is an experienced occupational in Reproductive Health, Population Health Environment, procreation and development. Andre worked at PISRF - Integrated Program of Reproductive Health and Family), DRC participative NGO of Family Planning and Reproductive Health in low income areas.

Andre is promoting Social Development Goal (SDGs) in the DRC, He pledges for board public private partnership for development.

He received the HIFA Country Representatives certificate of achievement in 2013.

Andre can be contacted at ,