Response against the Deadly Marburg Virus Disease in Tanzania

For the first time in the history of the United Republic of Tanzania, an outbreak of Marbug Virus Disease (MVD) was reported by the Ministry of Health on 21 March 2023.  The Ministry declared the outbreak in Bukoba District, Kagera region, North Western Tanzania.  The Kagera region borders Uganda to the north, Rwanda to the west and Burundi towards the south-west, making it one of the regions with the highest cross-border trade interactions.  

Through this Emergency Appeal, Amref Health Africa is seeking support to put in place appropriate infection control measures, including training for healthcare workers who are at the frontline in taking care of the patients. In addition, we aim to strengthen surveillance, detection efforts, contact tracing and active case management to help contain the outbreak in all areas including remote villages.