The United Nations (UN), Thursday, May 23, announced the creation of an emergency Ebola response coordinator with the goal of tackling the security and political challenges facing Ebola response efforts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
The World Health Organization (WHO) said that healthcare workers are refusing to wear personal protective equipment in health facilities and are performing only routine infection control measures, due to violent threats from community members.
Health experts believe global health officials have opportunities to bolster their efforts.
The Democratic Republic of Congo's Minister of Health described the Ebola outbreak as a multi-headed dragon as the outbreak began in one place, but keeps popping up elsewhere.
The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) called an outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo one of the most complex emergencies that WHO has ever faced.
The Ebola outbreak death count is undercounted according to aid workers as healthcare workers are regularly turned away from homes where someone has died, leaving them unable to test for Ebola.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo ministry of health recorded 19 new cases of Ebola and 15 new deaths Wednesday, May 15.
The international community has long dealt with delivering humanitarian assistance in conflict situations, but not with infectious disease in a conflict zone.
Declaring a public health emergency of international concern would bring increased funds and more responders but might increase the danger as some violence directed at healthcare facilities and workers has been motivated by money.
Double-digit daily increases in the case count are now common, while most new Ebola virus disease cases are people who were never on the radar of the teams searching for those who have been exposed to the virus.