Societal instability and military conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has created an ideal environment for Ebola to spread. Healthcare and other aid workers have been attacked by militias, forcing medical groups to close down treatment units and curtail vaccination programs resulting in new infections.
A senior global development reporter discussed his recent trip to North Kivu, which is at the center of the current Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
A highly effective Ebola vaccine that has been used for the first time during the current Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is in limited supply prompting a discussion of if and how to deploy a second new Ebola vaccine to supplement the limited supplies.
The current Ebola crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has recorded over 2,100 cases in just over a year. Global health authorities have been unable to control the current outbreak due to political, security and cultural complications.
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Health Ministry reported that as of June 23, 1,506 people have died out of 2,239 recorded Ebola cases during the current outbreak.
The World Health Organization (WHO) is stretched thin, having received donations for less than half of the money it has needed to fight the current Democratic Republic of Congo Ebola outbreak.
Ebola cases have tapered off in the main Democratic Republic of Congo epicenters, a spike in activity has been reported in Mabalako, one of the smaller hot spots.
Public health practitioners say that social issues are as important as scientific advances in controlling disease outbreaks.
Many people in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) don't know what Ebola is and some people are convinced the virus is fiction.
The Democratice Republic of Congo (DRC) is in the midst of the second-largest Ebola outbreak in recorded history. The response to this oubreak has been slowed by violence - during a five month period this year, there were 130 attacks on healthcare facilities.