Overcoming Obstacles to Ebola Treatment in North Kivu

A toxic blend of factors – internal displacement, violent attacks, mistrust of aid and the long-delayed presidential elections – has helped spread Ebola in North Kivu, a province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. With more than 500 confirmed cases and 300 deaths, the current outbreak has become the worst in the nation’s history.

Ramping up the Response to Ebola

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.