The European Mobile Lab Consortium (EMLab) has dispatched one lab unit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to support diagnostics in the yellow fever outbreak, that was suspected to have spread from Angola to DRC in the summer of 2016.
EMLab has been registered in the European Medical Corps (EMC) voluntary pool and this was the first time, that EMLab was mobilized through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism following a request for assistance by the WHO.
EMLab in total deployed three teams to DRC from 19th of July to 21st of September 2016, and provided serological and molecular diagnostics for yellow fever in Kwango Province. The teams consisted of scientists and technicians from the Robert-Koch-Institute, Germany, from the Istituto Nazionale per le Malattie Infettive "Lazzaro Spallanzani", Italy, and from the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Bouaké, Côte d`Ivoire,
The mission was financed by the Foreign Ministry of Germany and DG-ECHO of the European Commission (transport co-financing). The deployment and teams were supported by WHO-DRC, WHO-GOARN, the Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC) of DG ECHO, the Federal Office of Civil protection and Disaster Assistance (BBK) of Germany, and the Foreign Ministry of Germany.