Even if the vaccine helps, there are serious hurdles. The shots must be transported deep into forests with few paved roads without it spoiling in the heat, and health workers must identify and track down anyone who's had contact with a sick person and persuade them that shots pushed by foreigners could save their lives.
A Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) water and sanitation expert, explains the challenges reponse teams are facing on the frontline of the ongoing Ebola outbreak.
As health care workers battle an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, one important tool has been promising in preventing spread of the virus but can be difficult to carry out: contact tracing.
Medical investigators will need to overcome the rural region’s extreme logistical hurdles to reconstruct transmission chains, vaccinate contacts and halt the spread.
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.
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.
The grant will support the surge in activities of the DRC Government and international responders outlined under the approved three-month $56.8 million Ebola response plan, released by the DRC Government.
Villages, and sometimes whole regions of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, are misplaced, but the ministry of health and a team of cartographers are racing to get better data.
This document provides presentation slides from a course to help participants describe the signs, symptoms, and transmission of Ebola disease; list preventive and control measures; and describe main public health concerns during an Ebola disease outbreak.