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The challenge

The ebola virus disease is virulent and highly contagious. Once it has taken hold in a region it is extremely tough to contain. In DRC, Trafigura is on the front line. Our overriding duty is to protect those that work on our site as well as their families and dependents.

 

Our approach

Trafigura’s ebola crisis readiness plan identifies four alert levels: no threat (green), remote threat (yellow), immediate threat (orange) and direct impact (red).

Isolated cases of ebola were reported in DRC in 2018. In line with our plan, the operation moved to yellow alert. Managers on yellow alert are expected to prepare for the worst. They reviewed hygiene and security protocols. They also stocked up on materials that might be needed should conditions deteriorate – everything from food, water, diesel to disinfectant, medicines and quarantine tents.

Local cases pose an immediate threat. The DRC site will declare an orange alert if ebola is detected within the 500km corridor between Pweto and Lubambashi. Orange alert protocols require managers to take direct action to limit the risk of infection. Non-core personnel are demobilised, people from infected areas are denied access, regular medical screening is introduced and special measures are put in place for washing and catering.

A red alert is triggered if a state of emergency is declared locally or there is a suspected case on the site itself. The site is immediately quarantined and managers make plans for future evacuation.

The plan sets out comprehensive, proportionate actions to preserve safe, effective operations at escalating risk levels. Trafigura also stands ready to lend its expertise and resources to the wider community to combat a severe ebola outbreak.