Attacks by armed groups happen on a daily basis across Congo’s North Kivu province, where the Ebola virus has been spreading since August, infecting almost 500 people and killing more than 270.
Since September, the incidence of Ebola has more than doubled, according to World Health Organization (WHO) situation reports. The majority of people with recently identified Ebola were not on existing lists of contacts of people with previously identified cases — which indicates a high degree of unrecognized transmission in the community.
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) tropical medicine advisor Tomas Jensen describes the challenges MSF teams face as they fight to contain the spread of the disease in an area of active conflict.
The World Health Organization (WHO) is now using the International Organization for Migration’s (IOM) innovative Security Communications and Analysis Network (SCAAN) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to support the security of its staff fighting the Ebola epidemic.
Three years after the end of the biggest Ebola epidemic in West Africa, a new outbreak in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) was declared on August 1, 2018. This epidemic is still uncontrolled and has become the largest-ever known in the country. To run our Ebola treatment centers in DRC, our teams rely on experienced staff to share their expertise in North Kivu in the fight against this deadly disease.
The public health workers behind the Ebola response in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are struggling to combat an outbreak of the deadly virus in what is effectively a war zone.
In the past, Ebola outbreaks have been confined to isolated, rural areas, where they could be contained until they burned out. Now, the disease outbreak is in the second-most densely populated area of DRC.
With over 10 major episodes of violence since the DRC outbreak was declared in August, insecurity and community mistrust has made it difficult to gauge the true extent of Ebola’s spread.
High-level talks are under way between global health officials in the DRC to see what more can be done to shore up the security situation in the outbreak zone and what other resources the country needs to battle the virus.
When someone in the community dies of Ebola at home, the Red Cross has been sending teams to collect the body and conduct a safe burial.