Although Congo may sorely lack infrastructure, it has one of the most successful Ebola response mechanisms in the world, according to researchers and aid workers.
More than 680 people have received Ebola vaccinations in the three health zones where dozens of cases of the deadly virus have been confirmed, Congo’s health ministry said.
In Mbandaka, the focus is convincing people to fight Ebola. Outreach teams are going house to house, talking with Church leaders and other community representatives, to raise awareness about the virus and the importance of precautionary measures.
Vaccine development is a complex process. It involves both public and private partners and requires that a variety of funding issues be considered.
The shipment contains a total of nearly 30,000 lbs. of medical shelters and equipment, family hygiene kits to help reduce the spread of illness, and other relief supplies, which will be transferred to Ebola-affected areas by International Medical Corps.
The World Health Organization (WHO) hopes to get government approval within days to use five experimental drugs to treat Ebola patients, in a clinical trial which could lay the foundation for rapid treatment in any future outbreaks.
The World Health Organization (WHO) assumes 100-300 cases of Ebola in Democratic Republic of Congo between May and July, under a revised response plan to the outbreak.
Of the outbreak's 54 cases, 47 are from Bikoro and Iboko.
With one vaccine already being used in the field, plans are underway to see if another might also be tested. And as many as five drugs could be used in head-to-head trials.
Though it's too early to determine what the outcome of this outbreak could be and how wide it could spread, there is one aspect that many experts agree on: The world seems better prepared than ever to fight this outbreak.