Ebola virus in the DRC and community mental health evaluation, prevention, and psychosocial intervention

This project aims to reduce the risk of Ebola virus infection and the impact of the disease in the Democratic Republic of Congo and other countries and regions affected by the virus.

To support this goal, the impact of Ebola on the mental health of survivors, families, and communities will be documented and strategies and mechanisms for coping and resilience will be identified. In addition, a disease prevention kit will be developed, as well as a psychosocial intervention kit adapted to the cultural realities of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

This project is funded by the Rapid Research Fund for Ebola Virus Disease Outbreaks, a CA$1.5 million initiative that was mobilized and co-funded by IDRC, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. The Fund supports four collaborative projects jointly led by Canadian and African researchers.

Project ID


Project status



24 months

IDRC Officer

Zee Leung

Total funding

CA$ 386,900


Democratic Republic of the Congo


Food, Environment, and Health

Project Leader

Jude Mary Cénat


University of Ottawa/Université d'Ottawa

Institution Country


Institution Website


Project Leader

Jacqueline Bukaka


Université de Kinshasa

Institution Country

Democratic Republic of the Congo